Aspirin is often used as an analgesic to relieve pain and as an antipyretic to reduce fever. Aspirin also has affects on the cells that cause blood to clot (anti-platelet) and is commonly used to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. Aspirin is often involved in serious overdose cases where people are trying to hurt themselves unfortunately. Please call the Arkansas Poison Center if you think anyone has ingested too much aspirin. Aspirin has been in use in the home for over one-hundred years and was first isolated by chemist Felix Hoffman in 1897. Aspirin is part of a group of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Aspirin remains one of the most beneficial medicines on the market when used properly. Aspirin can be a real temptation and danger to small children because the chewable baby aspirins are oftentimes orange flavored and taste like candy. Parents and caregivers should be careful when keeping aspirin at home and make sure it is always properly stored up high and away from kids reach.