Calls to poison centres about supplements up 50%, particularly among children

( CNN) From 2005 to 2012, the rate of calls to poison control center about dietary supplements increased by virtually 50%, and most of the exposures were in children younger than 6 years old, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of Medical Toxicology.

The study defines dietary supplements as any product that supplements the diet, including vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, homeopathic agents and amino acids, and concentrates, metabolites, constituents and extracts of these ingredients.

The researchers use data regarding the National Poison Data System, to which poison control center submit their call information. From 2000 to 2012, there were 274,998 dietary supplement exposures reported to poison control center across the US: one call every 24 minutes, on average.

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