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Guest Blog: Deborah Blum–Pulitzer Prize Winning Science Journalist & NYT Bestselling Author

Posted: October 30th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

(from the American Association of Poison Control Centers)

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We had the wonderful opportunity to ask Deborah Blum, a New York Times Bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and expert on poison subjects, a few questions. Blum is a self-proclaimed fan of the poison center system and shared her views on everything from science education to poison history.  Read More


Interesting IPC Facts That You May Not Know!

Posted: September 18th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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.

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Laundry Detergent ‘Pods’: A new product formulation with unexpected toxicity

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

For years the IPC has received calls involving a child getting into laundry detergent.  Luckily, an unintentional taste of powder or liquid laundry detergent by a child is expected to cause minimal toxicity: throat or stomach irritation at the worst. In fact, most children don’t develop any symptoms at all.  However, over the past couple months we (and the other poison centers in the country) have been seeing a new formulation of laundry detergent that is causing alarming toxicity.   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 »


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 »


Alcohol and Medicines – A Dangerous Combination

Posted: December 27th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

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

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and cocktails. But did you know that alcohol and medicines often don’t mix?

The combination of alcohol and medicines, whether prescription or over-the-counter, can lead to life-threatening consequences depending on the medicine, the amount of alcohol consumed, and differences such as body size or age. Read more »


Facts About Snake Bites in Illinois And Some Ways to Keep Safe

Posted: August 16th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Did you know we were in the middle of snake biting season? No we’re not suggesting that people are biting snakes this time of year, but snakes are indeed biting people. During the months of May-October, more snake bite incidents are recorded in the U.S. than any other time of the year. Considering we are in peak season, addressing this issue now seemed timely; just in case you and your family plan to go hiking or camping soon. Read more »


Coming Soon to a Pharmacy Near You…

Posted: June 21st, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

New Pediatric Acetaminophen Dosing Guidelines and Formulation Changes

If you are in tune to healthcare and medical news stories, you probably already know that overdosing or chronically using too much of the popular non-aspirin product called acetaminophen may cause serious and possibly even fatal liver damage.  Read more »


What’s in a name?

Posted: May 17th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.

Evolving technology, demographics, and regulatory changes are all expanding the type and scope of services that Poison Control Centers have historically provided.  A few weeks ago, I wrote about the limitations of the Mr. Yuk logo; we are not “just the place that Mom’s call” anymore.

Last year, the IPC received about 36,500 calls on children 5 and under.  We provided triage and treatment recommendations that allowed families to treat a stunning 96% of these kids at home without an expensive or stressful trip to the ER.  Hmmmm, maybe that sounds like the place that mom’s call after all. Read more »


The State of Poison Centers: Is it the End or the Beginning?

Posted: January 18th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Have you ever wondered about the vital role poison centers play in enhancing health care in America?  This week’s blog post is a contribution from the President of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, Richard Dart MD, PhD, FACEP, FACMT. In his most recent President’s Message, Dr. Dart focused on the value of poison centers. We invite our readers to get a firsthand look into the state of poison centers in this country. This article will surely put the importance of poison centers into perspective. Enjoy and as always we look forward to your comments.

The End or the Beginning?

At the end of 2010, the state of New York, citing budgetary issues, closed three of its five poison centers, leaving the Upstate New York Poison Center and the New York City Poison Control Center behind to offer poison center coverage for the entire state. Read more »


A Year in Review: Children’s OTC Cough & Cold Products Label Changes

Posted: January 11th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Hopefully you’re not home reading our blog with thermometer in mouth, feet soaking in hot water, lemon tea brewing on the stove, fighting off the nasty bug that you or your kids picked up at work or school – but it is indeed winter, the time of year when so many of us suffer the miserable effects of the common cold or flu.  Naturally, the use of a variety of non-prescription pain-relievers, fever-reducers, and cough/cold remedies goes up dramatically during the cold season, so it shouldn’t surprise you that the number of accidental poisonings and adverse drug reactions to these products does as well, especially among children.  In 2009, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) reported a whopping total of 88,355 cases in the US involving cough and cold medications (CCMs); 46% involving children younger than 5 years old.   Read more »