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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

Did You Know…Poison Centers Are a Vital Part of Disaster Response?

Did You Know...Poison Centers Are a Vital Part of Disaster Response?

In the event of a disaster, the Illinois Poison Center can play many roles: Provide patient treatment guidelines to health care providers at their respective treatment facilities Provide patient management information to on-scene emergency responders Assist in antidote procurement Answer calls from the general public on when to seek care for a potential exposure (triage) … more

Summertime = More Calls at the IPC: 5 Reasons Why

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By:  Carol and Tony Sunshine and warm weather are here. The days are longer, schools have ended, the critters are out and the flowers are blooming. Families are outside enjoying the company of one another and everyone is active.  Warmer weather means one thing for the IPC …call volume is on the rise.  Historically, we get about 10-20% … more

My Favorite (poisonous) Fruit

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By Carol, Yesterday, I went for a walk around my neighborhood in the 89 degree temperatures and thought to myself– summer is officially here.  I went to the grocery store and spotted one of my favorite summer foods of all time:  cherries.   I bought a bag and as I popped one off its stem, I … more