by Eric F. Greenberg
Poison packaging is an ongoing process
If you take a quick glance through the list of household products the law requires to have child-resistant packaging, you might think you’re looking at a game where the object is to make a list on which each thing has the least imaginable connection to the thing before it: aspirin, furniture polish, methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen), controlled drugs, and so on.
Take a closer look and you may begin to see that it’s not just a collection of random substances, because lawmakers have good reasons to do the things they do. (Quit that laughing.) In this case it’s true: the very good reason for making this list is that all the substances and products on it have the potential to poison children, and are therefore required by federal law to be specially packaged to help prevent that from happening.