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Sex, drugs and the Illinois Poison Center

Posted: February 14th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

It is my turn to write the blog and for the past few days, colleagues have been after me to write something kind of sexy, but with a poisoning angle.  The problem is that now that I have qualified to join AARP, I am unsure that I can replicate a summary of sexually transmitted toxins with the same level of confidence as Carol.

So here I am, writing a Valentine’s Day blog, 50 years old, male and unsure of my confidence.  That of course can only mean one thing:  Viagra. Read more »


Spring Fever and Poisonous Passion (aka Sexually Transmitted Poisons)

Posted: March 23rd, 2010 | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

By Carol and our special guest blogger Dr Frank Paloucek

Sex and death share a history together in the arts and in medicine probably as far back as both coexist.  Normally, when you put the words ‘harmful’ and ‘sex’ in the same sentence, it would be one about sexually transmitted diseases (er, or maybe S & M).  But, did you know that poisons can also be transmitted via intimate contact and exposure to bodily fluids?  Reminds me of one of my favorite ‘statshots’ from the Onion®, on how ‘best to poison your adversary’:  “poison self, then have unprotected sex with adversary”.  Frank, who was my mentor in pharmacy school (and the man largely responsible for me being such a tox geek) happens to be an expert on sexually transmitted poisons (hey, everyone’s got to have a hobby) and he has graciously provided us with some of the strangest, most fascinating, but 100% true stories on how someone can be poisoned. Read more »