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Bath Salts: A Lesson in Designer Drugs

Posted: July 26th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

The anti-drug laws in the U.S. define a drug as illicit by its structure, and not necessary by the effects the drug causes.  “Designer drug” is a term used to describe drugs that are created and/or marketed to get around existing drug laws.  Most commonly, this is accomplished by modifying the molecular structure of an illegal drug to create another similar, yet subtly different structure that has similar effects but is not defined as illegal. Read more »


Truth, Dare, Double Dare…

Posted: July 19th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Unfortunately, many poison exposure incidents start with 3 little words: “I dare you…”  A group of friends egging each other on, calling bravery into question (and often offering money if the dare is completed) can quickly turn a flippant suggestion into a potential medical emergency.

Here are some  dares the IPC staff has consulted on:

  • A 40 year old male was dared to chew and swallow a lizard for $50.  A live one.  There is a reason we have the Brookfield Zoo’s senior reptile keeper’s phone number on our quick number list! Read more »

Much To Be Thankful For…

Posted: July 13th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

The Illinois Poison Center has much to be thankful for.

The IPC is very grateful for the support that readers of our blog, Facebook page members, educators, volunteers, Twitter followers, students, callers and other partners have provided over the past several months.  This spring, close to 5,000 e-mails were sent to legislators in support of restoration of poison center funding!  These letters played an important part in preventing the closure of the IPC.

At the beginning of this year, federal support for the nation’s network of 57 poison centers was in jeopardy of being completely eliminated in the continuing resolution budget for 2011 – a crippling cut that eventually would have eliminated many of the nation’s poison centers, the IPC included.  In the final budget resolution for the 2011 budget, 75% of funding was restored; not ideal, but enough to survive another year. Read more »


Read the Label before you Bite into that Brownie!

Posted: July 5th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

What’s the latest and newest drug to hit the consumer market? No it’s not a pill, a syringe, an inhaler, a patch… it’s a brownie!  Can you believe it? Read more »