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Bath Salts in the Navy

Posted: January 29th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

DCS09-371-1 Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Newport News fileLives are on the line, both directly and indirectly, when it comes to drug abuse in the military. Sadly, the harmful effects of bath salts are not entirely acute, but may result in chronic depression, delusions, and paranoia. As history tends to repeat itself we must be vigilant to address this current concern in addition to taking preemptive steps to combat the looming issues on the horizon. Read more »

What’s Lurking in Your Child’s Daycare Center?

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

radonOn January 1, a new law regarding radon testing went into effect. The new legislation amends the Child Care Act of 1969 to require radon testing of licensed daycare centers, daycare homes, and group day care homes. Last year, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) posted a blog about radon in response to a law requiring radon testing in rental spaces.  There is an existing law in Illinois requiring radon testing in schools and residential buildings. Read more »

The Infamous Words… “My Child Ate…”

Posted: January 17th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Grandfather posing with grandchildrenAs an experienced babysitter/nanny and parent of a toddler, we’ve seen young children eat or get into everything from crayons to lotions to poop! The first reaction is usually…OMG; then “what should I do?”; then sheer panic. Sound familiar? Read more »

60 Years of Service

Posted: January 8th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »



The year was 1953. Dwight Eisenhower was president, the average cost of a new house was $12,650 and gas was $.29 a gallon.  This was also the year Illinois Poison Center (IPC) was established. If you’re not sure what the IPC does, check out “A Day in the Life of a Poison Center” blog for some funny, interesting, and sometimes sad calls received by the poison center experts. Read more »

Holiday Survival Guide Part Two

Posted: January 1st, 2013 | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

holidaysurvivalkitWelcome to the Illinois Poison Center Holiday Survival Guide! Whether it’s a spoiled treat or too many party poisons, joyous holiday celebrations have the potential hazardous situations. Read more »