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The Case of the Wrong Container

Posted: March 18th, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Today’s case study involves poisoning exposures that occurred because a potentially harmful substance was stored in the wrong container.  One of the IPC’s core poison prevention messages is always store chemicals, cleaning products, and medications in their original containers.  There are good reasons for this:

  1. The usage directions are always with the product
  2. The substance is in a child-resistant container when appropriate
  3. Everyone knows exactly what the substance is and what it is meant to be used for

Here are some real cases.  In sharing these, we hope it will prevent further cases of the wrong container. Read more »


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 »