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Susan Dreiss-Carroll keeps her pain killers out of the reach of her 10 and 11 year-old daughters.

"It's always scary to have pain killers in the house," Dreiss-Carroll said.

The breast cancer survivor was prescribed pain killers after a double mastectomy and hysterectomy. She tells her daughters these drugs are dangerous

"They usually tell me you should never touch this, this is only for mommy and daddy," said 10 year-old Emma Carroll.

This is prescription Percocet.

A new study in the Journal of Pediatrics found a link between a surge in adults taking prescription drugs and an increase in children getting drug poisoning. Children under six face the greatest risk, followed by teenagers.

Despite safeguards like child-resistant packaging, more than 70,000 children a year are evaluated in the hospital for accidental drug poisoning.

Researchers found poisonings from cholesterol medications and high blood pressure drugs led to the most ER visits. Poisonings from prescription pain killers and diabetes medications led to the most serious injuries and hospitalizations. Experts say simple steps can protect children

"Make sure you keep those medications in those child resistant bottles, and remember its child resistant, not child proof," said Doctor Yves Duroseau, the Emergency Department Chairman at Lenox Hill Hospital. "Don't refer to the medications as candy, and try not to take the medications in front of your children.

Dreiss-Carroll says she is very clear with her daughters -- medications are only for when you're sick. "They'll go, 'I know mom, I know dad, you've told us before.' And we'll go, 'that's okay, you can hear it again,'" she said.

She hopes the constant communication will keep her daughters safe.

Adriana Diaz - CBS News

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