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Old 14 December 2016, 04:36 PM
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Ambulance Can you tell which one of these gingerbread houses is made of medication?

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One of the biggest concerns regarding the misuse of medication is that it looks like candy. Those annoying child-proof seals and suggestions to keep pills locked up are because those little, brightly colored round things can look an awful lot like Smarties. To illustrate that, one Reddit user made two gingerbread houses—one of candy and the other of medication. Can you tell which is which?

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Old 14 December 2016, 04:54 PM
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The toys-or-candy website linked in the article is pretty cool. I'm on Level 3.
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Old 14 December 2016, 05:15 PM
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I got 90% on level 1, but only 60% on 2 and 70% on 3. (Thanks for pointing out the link.)

I guessed the house correctly but I think it is because I recognized one or two medications.

It is a real issue.
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Old 14 December 2016, 05:23 PM
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I got the house wrong. By Level 3 of the quiz I was only at 60%.
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Old 14 December 2016, 05:29 PM
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Its an issue though in many case the medicine which looks like candy is vitamins and supplements rather than drugs. The big gum drop looking things are fiber gummies as an example. On the candy side, many of the candies were tic tacs which absolutely look to be the size and shape of pills.
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Old 14 December 2016, 06:08 PM
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Mistaking vitamins and other supplements for pills could also be dangerous, of course. Ditto the detergent packs and mouse bait included in the quiz.
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Old 14 December 2016, 08:07 PM
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One of the things I noticed in the images (and is consistent with the medications I myself take) is that many of the look-alike pills have score marks where a patient might need to cut them in half for a different dosage. Without that tiny detail I would have missed many more of the candy vs. medication images, which is really scary given that children are extremely unlikely to pick up on that detail (even if they themselves take medications). Three of my own pills could easily be mistaken for tic-tac type mints, especially the yellow oval shaped one that has a "smooth shell" like coating.

https://gyazo.com/2d8ac99bb3c1073aa6fea0b7631597df
(The flash washed out the color on those - the top one is a very vivid pink, the middle one is a very bright blue/purple color.)
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Old 14 December 2016, 09:55 PM
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I got the house wrong.

I got 100% on level 1 of the other site (I didn't try the other levels) -- but did so in most cases by consistently choosing as candy the one that looked less edible to me. (I'm not really into eating glowy artificial colors; but presumably many people are.)
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Old 14 December 2016, 10:17 PM
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It's not just medication, nature sometimes pulls this stunt as well. There's a succulent called Sedum rubrotinctum which looks like something you'd find growing in Willy Wonka's candy garden. It'd probably look pretty enticing to small children, especially if it still had the label from the nursery with its common name 'Jelly Bean Plant':



Unfortunately it's poisonous.

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Old 27 December 2016, 06:30 PM
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Wonder how that would grow in my yard? I bet it'd look great in a container!

The house: couldn't figure it out. Question: where the meds used the brand name or a generic? I take generic versions of my meds, and they look different from the brand.
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