July 2010

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Pharming: We’re not talking about planting crops, here, folks!

Pharming: We’re not talking about planting crops, here, folks!

By Kris Ochs, Pharm.D. student Have you heard of this  trend in teen drug abuse called “Pharming”?  Pharming refers to the practice of abusing prescription medications and over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold products.  This includes taking a higher dose of one’s own medication than is prescribed, taking a drug that is prescribed for someone else, … more

Toxic landscaping and the ubiquitous Yew

Toxic landscaping and the ubiquitous Yew

A few years ago we published a case report of a fatal ingestion of the Yew plant in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  It was one of two deaths reported to the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) due to this plant in the 12 years that I have been associated with the Illinois … more

Native to Illinois, Jimson Weed is highly toxic and in season

Native to Illinois, Jimson Weed is highly toxic and in season

Jimson Weed, (scientific name Datura stramonium) is a toxic  plant found all over Illinois.  Some of its other common names include devil’s trumpet, thorn apple,  Jamestown weed, stinkweed, and  locoweed. This plant grows throughout Illinois, either wild or as part of a planned landscape.  It has a beautiful flower that inspired Georgia O’Keeffe to paint … more