Like our blog?! Click here to receive our monthly posts straight to your inbox!

Moth repellents: Repulsive or not?

Posted: July 31st, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

We all know how pesky moths can be, but before deciding on a moth repellent there are few things you should know to keep your family and pets safe. In 2010, there were 3,863 calls to U.S. poison centers regarding human exposure to moth repellent products, so the risk is real.

Read more »


Got Questions about Radon? We Have Answers!

Posted: April 3rd, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

“Radon: a hazardous, colorless, odorless gas”

Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., and the leading cause among non-smokers.

Radon is a hazardous, colorless, odorless gas which may be lurking in your home or rental unit. A new law passed on January 1, 2012, that requires those seeking to rent property stay informed about radon levels in the properties they seek to rent.  This law requires owners of rental units to inform prospective tenants, in writing, whether the rental space has been tested for radon and if a hazard exists. In light of this new law, we thought it might be helpful to answer some frequently asked questions about radon. Read more »


Meet the IPC Experts – Finale!!

Posted: March 27th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

We’ve come to the final segment of our four-part “Meet the IPC Expert” series. Our staff of experts answered over 86,000 calls from the general public and healthcare professionals in Illinois last year. In their own words, learn about their professional background, favorite parts of the job, most interesting cases, and even learn what they enjoy doing outside the poison center. These interviews are interesting, sincere, personal and at times, a bit humorous! We invite you to get to know your poison center experts… Read more »


“Poison”…What’s it Really Mean?

Posted: February 28th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

March is Illinois Poison Prevention Month

Say the word “poison” and most people conjure up an image of chemicals in a container marked with a skull and cross-bones, arsenic or even Agent Orange.   But these are only a few of the thousands of substances the experts in the call center deal with that involve children and adults of all ages,  ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds.  A majority of the calls involve medication errors, medication/drug reactions; cleaning/beauty care/automotive products, insect/animal bites and stings, plants, food, vitamins/supplements, lead, carbon monoxide and sometimes even regular drinking water, etc.  Basically…anything and everything has the potential to be harmful; Read more »


Why are you all up in my business?!

Posted: February 21st, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

The IPC managed nearly 77,000 exposures in 2011, and nearly 75% of these came from calls from the general public.  In addition to providing expert recommendations and treatment advice, our IPC specialists collect information as well.   If you have ever called the IPC, you may have balked at our request for certain personal information – ‘Why do you need that information? What’s so important about my zipcode?’  We ask for this information because we create a medical record just like at your doctor’s office.  Most people expect that the receptionist will ask for basic information at your yearly check-up, and a ‘telephone visit’ with the IPC is very similar.  And like the medical record at your doctor’s office, your IPC medical record is completely, absolutely, 100% confidential. Read more »


Start the Year Right: Safe New Year Resolutions

Posted: January 17th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Start the Year Right: Safe New Year Resolutions

It’s that time of year when many people set out to better themselves; the turn of the calendar gives us a fresh start and a clean slate.  Here are two resolutions that have the potential for toxicity and some IPC-recommended resolutions as well. Read more »


Be Safe with Holiday Evergreen Decorations

Posted: December 13th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

During the holiday season, evergreen plants adorn houses all over the world.  For the northern climates, the outside can be dreary, cold and devoid of life.  Decorations of green-leaved plants and bright red berries add spark and life to our homes.  Through generations of tradition, decorative plants such as holly, mistletoe and occasionally the yew plant provide a backdrop that helps bring the holiday feeling alive. Read more »


We’re Grateful You’re Part of Our Team!

Posted: November 15th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

As we approach the end of this year, we would like to thank all of you for your continued support of the IPC. The IPC is proud to play a vital role in Illinois’ health care network. Without you and others like you who carry our message and have offered personal financial support to help us continue our efforts, we would not be as successful doing our job.

For over 50 years, we have been just a phone call away; providing immediate help in handling poison emergencies throughout Illinois. Read more »