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Thank you for your support The Illinois state budget maintains level funding for the Illinois Poison Center for the upcoming year! After sustaining funding decreases of over 30% in the past two years, it was feared that the funding for the IPC would be reduced further.  Due to previous funding cuts, the IPC has had … more

State’s response to prescription drug abuse

State's response to prescription drug abuse

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 … more

Copper Sulfate: Pool Cleaner, Vineyard Helper or Unsuspected Summer Threat?

Copper Sulfate: Pool Cleaner, Vineyard Helper or Unsuspected Summer Threat?

By Harry C. Karydes, DO, Toxicology Fellow An interesting case came into the Illinois Poison Centerthis week.  A frantic father called after his 3 year-old daughter inadvertently ingested copper sulfate.  During the case review, it was discovered that the father was using the product as an algaecide to clean their outdoor pool.  Unfortunately, he placed this liquid … more

Toxic landscaping and the ubiquitous Yew

Toxic landscaping and the ubiquitous Yew

A few years ago we published a case report of a fatal ingestion of the Yew plant in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  It was one of two deaths reported to the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) due to this plant in the 12 years that I have been associated with the Illinois … more

Native to Illinois, Jimson Weed is highly toxic and in season

Native to Illinois, Jimson Weed is highly toxic and in season

Jimson Weed, (scientific name Datura stramonium) is a toxic  plant found all over Illinois.  Some of its other common names include devil’s trumpet, thorn apple,  Jamestown weed, stinkweed, and  locoweed. This plant grows throughout Illinois, either wild or as part of a planned landscape.  It has a beautiful flower that inspired Georgia O’Keeffe to paint … more

IPC featured on FoxNews on Hand Sanitizer Safety

Check out this video from FoxNews that provides a good summary of the safety of hand sanitizers. While good at killing germs, caution is needed in dispensing to kids.  From the story: “It [hand sanitizer] is causing new problems for starters using too much can make kids sick. The biggest risk is that it is … more