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Oh, What A Year It’s Been!

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

A Year of Regulatory Success for Poison Centers

As an administrator of the Illinois Poison Center, this has been a frustrating year as the program continues to have severe financial challenges.  In 2011, the IPC suffered a $400,000 loss of funding this year on top of a $600,000 funding decrease in 2009-2010. To make up the loss, the IPC has closed 2 additional positions (on top of the 5 positions terminated/closed in 2009) and the remaining full time staff was reduced to 90% time.  Difficult times indeed.

On the other hand, as a medical toxicologist committed to decreasing the incidence of exposure to hazardous substances, this has been a fabulous year for poison centers across the nation.  In no previous time has the national poison center network had such a wide impact on the regulation of emerging toxic public health threats. Previous IPC blogs have shown the types of emerging public health threats noted by poison centers. 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 »