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Oh How I Love The IPC, Let Me Count The Ways!

Posted: January 31st, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

It won’t make you prettier. It won’t make you wealthier.
It WILL make you feel good, because you’ll be automatically helping
The Illinois Poison Center

It is believed that Americans spend nearly 2 billion dollars shopping online each year. One of the busiest shopping days is soon approaching: Valentine’s Day.  Why not give something that costs you nothing?! That’s right. Not a dime more out of your pocket, but you must shop through the iGive program. Read more »

The Illinois Poison Center – Literally a “SPI’s Nest” of Activity

Posted: January 24th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

No, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) is not a clandestine arm of the CIA, FBI, or KGB. However, it is staffed by a team of well qualified “SPIs” around the clock.  So, what exactly is a SPI you ask? Read more »


Start the Year Right: Safe New Year Resolutions

Posted: January 17th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Start the Year Right: Safe New Year Resolutions

It’s that time of year when many people set out to better themselves; the turn of the calendar gives us a fresh start and a clean slate.  Here are two resolutions that have the potential for toxicity and some IPC-recommended resolutions as well. Read more »


State’s response to prescription drug abuse

Posted: January 10th, 2012 | 2 Comments »

One state’s stand against prescription drug abuse:

On January 1, 2001, the Joint Commission – an organization that monitors the quality of hospitals and other healthcare facilities – launched a pain management campaign that mandated healthcare providers evaluate and assess all complaints of pain.  With this regulatory emphasis, pain was treated aggressively and the prescribing practices of physicians were drastically changed.   Read more »


Seniors Are at Risk for Poisoning, Too!

Posted: January 3rd, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

The following post was contributed by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

If you are a senior adult, you may think that poison centers and poison prevention are mainly for kids. But seniors are at risk for poisoning, too!

As we age, we often take more and more medicine, whether prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin or herbal. And that means more chances to make mistakes. Read more »