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Oooops…. better call the poison center!

Posted: June 11th, 2013 | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Pet-Medications-Without-Perscription-770148The Illinois Poison Center received 7,709 calls regarding medication errors in 2012.  That’s over 10% of our total calls.  It can happen to anyone.  It has happened to me, in fact.  I’ve been a pharmacist for over 10 years, and I work at the poison center—I should be immune to medicine mistakes, right?  Wrong! Read more »

Get Rid of Unwanted or Expired Drugs on National Take Back Day- Saturday September 29

Posted: September 4th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Traces of pharmaceutical drugs have been found in drinking water in the US for years

Drugs in our waterways have been linked to sex changes and other mutations in fish and other wildlife

Prescription drug abuse, misuse and other accidental ingestions are the number one injury related cause of death in the US

And in those three stories lies a conundrum; how to protect the environment vs. having unwanted medications in the house that increase the risk of intentional and accidental ingestion.  To reduce the risk of accidental poisoning by medications, it was at one time advocated to flush unwanted medication down the toilet.  This solution was simple and easy.  However, at the turn of the century, data began to appear which showed that trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs were being found in rivers and drinking water around the country.  Soon afterwards, multiple studies showing that biological changes were occurring in wildlife located downstream from pharmaceutical plants or urban waste treatment plants were published.

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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 »