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Too Much of A Good Thing…

Posted: August 30th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Making sense of new voluntary dosing guidelines on acetaminophen containing products: Minimizing liver damage associated with a common medicine.

Acetaminophen is one of the most common over-the-counter (OTC) medications, appearing in over 600 OTC products. It is an effective pain reliever and fever reducer when used as directed, though it can cause severe liver damage if overused. In fact, acetaminophen overdose is the most common cause of acute liver failure requiring a liver transplant in the United States. Read more »


Do the Math: Back to School Statistics

Posted: August 23rd, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

23 percent of teens report taking prescription pain relievers not prescribed to them.

As a medical toxicologist, I see the effects of prescription pain medication abuse in teens and young adults on a daily basis. As a parent of a 10 and 12 year old, I worry about their future, peer pressure, and possibly their own involvement with medication abuse in junior high and high school.

Prescription drug abuse, especially narcotic medications, continues to be an ongoing and increasing problem in the U.S. Read more »


Facts About Snake Bites in Illinois And Some Ways to Keep Safe

Posted: August 16th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Did you know we were in the middle of snake biting season? No we’re not suggesting that people are biting snakes this time of year, but snakes are indeed biting people. During the months of May-October, more snake bite incidents are recorded in the U.S. than any other time of the year. Considering we are in peak season, addressing this issue now seemed timely; just in case you and your family plan to go hiking or camping soon. Read more »


Calling the IPC? Here’s What You Can Expect…

Posted: August 9th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Over 70,000 Illinois residents call the IPC from home, work or other location every year for help regarding a potentially harmful substance. However if you’ve never called our poison center, you may be wondering how we do things around here.  Below are answers to some common questions that we hope will increase your knowledge and familiarity about calling the poison center.

What can I call the poison center for? Read more »


Poison Ivy: An Itch You Won’t Forget

Posted: August 2nd, 2011 | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

The fun of being outdoors on a hot summer day can often be rudely interrupted by the ultimate party pooper, poison ivy.  No, we’re not talking about Batman’s Poison Ivy that could stop a man’s heart with one kiss. We’re talking about the good ol’ green plant.  So in order to make sure your last remaining summer days are awesome and “itch-free”, we’re offering a really quick lesson on poison ivy (and its little buddies, poison oak and poison sumac), ways to prevent becoming its next victim and treatment advice just in case.  Enjoy and if you have any great poison ivy stories/adventures please share in the comment section below. Read more »