A large number of over-the-counter products are available to remedy the minor aches and pains that all of us experience at one time or another. These creams, ointments, lotions, gels, patches, and roll-ons, like Bengay® and IcyHot®, offer temporary relief of the discomfort caused by arthritis or muscle aches and strains. Many of these products are a combination of just a few ingredients such as menthol, methyl salicylate, camphor, and capsaicin.
We like to use the IPC blog to educate our readers about potentially harmful substances, trends the IPC has identified, or seasonal safety tips. But this week, we thought we would toot our own horn a bit and tell you about some of the cool things you probably didn’t know about the IPC.
There are a lot of poisons that can cause significant harm to adults, kids, and pets. But did you ever wonder what kind of things make an expert answering phones in the IPC have a dry mouth, rapid heart rate, and raise the hair on the back of their neck?
And in those three stories lies a conundrum; how to protect the environment vs. having unwanted medications in the house that increase the risk of intentional and accidental ingestion. To reduce the risk of accidental poisoning by medications, it was at one time advocated to flush unwanted medication down the toilet. This solution was simple and easy. However, at the turn of the century, data began to appear which showed that trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs were being found in rivers and drinking water around the country. Soon afterwards, multiple studies showing that biological changes were occurring in wildlife located downstream from pharmaceutical plants or urban waste treatment plants were published.