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Don’t Eat the Toothpaste!

Posted: February 1st, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Have you ever noticed the bold statement on the label of your toothpaste tube: “WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age.  If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately?”  Pretty scary, huh?  Especially when this stuff is supposed to do such wonderful things like prevent cavities and gum disease, freshen breath, and give you that dazzling bright smile.   Read more »


Keeping Illinois Safe: Hazard surveillance & Public health safety

Posted: January 25th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) receives over 90,000 poison-related calls from the public and health care providers around the state every year.  Individually, each call is important to us and to the caller looking for information and advice.  Collectively however, the IPC calls become the database for hazardous exposures for the state of Illinois.  There is no other database like it in our designated area.  Read more »