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America's Poison Centers and the 55 Poison Centers across the United States track poisonings and their sources, including household products, food and beverages, chemicals in the workplace and home, environmental toxins, drugs and medicine, and animal and insect bites and stings. 

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  • June 17, 2024 3:59 PM | Shauna Devitt (Administrator)

    U.S. Poison Centers have received reports of severe illness potentially associated with consuming Diamond ShruumzTM brand chocolate bars, cones, and gummies. These products are marketed for “microdosing” and contain a blend of mushrooms that do not include magic mushrooms (psilocybin) or other hallucinogenic mushrooms.  Products containing psychoactive compounds, such as mushroom extracts, are increasing in availability, and might contain undisclosed ingredients, including illicit substances, or potentially harmful contaminants that are not approved for use in food.

    As of June 13, 2024, poison centers have received 25 reports of illness, including 12 patients with more severe illness who sought medical attention after consuming Diamond ShruumzTM. Ten patients were hospitalized and several required intubation, mechanical ventilation, and admission to an intensive care unit. No deaths have been reported. America’s Poison Centers is collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and state and local partners that are focused on investigating the cases of more severe illness reported to poison centers.

    Symptoms reported by people who became ill after consuming Diamond ShruumzTM brand chocolate bars, cones, and gummies, include: seizures, central nervous system depression (loss of consciousness, confusion, and sleepiness), agitation, hallucinations, abnormal heart rates, high or low blood pressure, and gastrointestinal effects (nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain).

    America’s Poison Centers advises the public to:

    • Check freezers and pantries for these products and discard if found.
    • Do not eat, sell, or serve any flavor of Diamond ShruumzTM brand chocolate bars, cones, and gummies.
    • Store edibles and mushroom-containing products up high and out of reach of children.
    • Report adverse events related to Diamond ShruumzTM chocolate bars, cones, and gummies to FDA MedWatch.
    •  If you become ill after consuming Diamond ShruumzTM brand chocolate bars, cones, or gummies call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Inform your local poison center you have recently consumed these products. Poison Help is available 24/7, free, and confidential.

    For more information:

    America’s Poison Centers, CDC, and FDA are continuing to monitor reports of illness nationwide.

    Contact:

    Maggie Maloney

    America’s Poison Centers

    Sr. Director of External Affairs

    maloney@poisoncenters.org


  • May 10, 2024 8:59 AM | Shauna Devitt (Administrator)

    Research conducted by the Oregon Poison Center highlights the devastating impact of the fentanyl crisis on children in the United States.

    U.S. Poison Centers are reporting a dramatic increase in cases of young children exposed to illicit fentanyl. In 2016, 10 cases of illicit fentanyl exposures in children under 6 years old were reported to U.S. Poison Centers. By 2020 that number jumped to 120 and by 2023, U.S. Poison Centers managed 539 cases of illicit fentanyl exposure in children under 6 years old; a 349% increase in 3 years and a 5,290% increase since 2016.  

    “It is imperative that the community provides resources to end the fentanyl epidemic and that people who use illicit drugs secure them from children by using opaque child-resistant lockable containers,” says Robert Hendrickson, M.D., lead author of the study, medical director of the Oregon Poison Center and professor of emergency medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine. “We are extremely concerned about what we are seeing in the community and will continue to bring the issue to the forefront to raise awareness about how to prevent unintentional exposures among children.”

    Fentanyl, when prescribed by a doctor, can be given as a dissolvable tablet, lozenge, spray, injectable or patch. Illegally manufactured fentanyl most often associated with recent high-profile poisonings is made in unauthorized labs and pressed into small blue pills meant to mimic oxycodone tablets. Unlike prescription pills, the amount of fentanyl in these counterfeit pills may vary from pill to pill and the amount in a single pill can be deadly for most children. In addition to fentanyl, these pills may contain a variety of other medicines including fentanyl analogs, or sedatives like xylazine that may contribute to poisoning. Illicit fentanyl may also be available as a white powder of varying concentration and children may be exposed by getting powder on their hands and then touching their mouths.

    A study conducted by the Oregon Poison Center and published in the New England Journal of Medicine determined that pediatric fentanyl exposures increased in relation to the number of pills seized. The study found that more than 80% of pediatric unintentional exposures to illicit fentanyl occurred in the child’s home, highlighting the need for education and awareness about preventing unintentional pediatric drug exposures.

    “The rise of cases for young children exposed to fentanyl highlights the need for increased public awareness of the fentanyl epidemic,” said Dr. Kaitlyn Brown, Clinical Managing Director for America’s Poison Centers. “Equipping communities with knowledge about the dangers of fentanyl exposures in young children, how to prevent accidental exposure, and what to do when a child has been exposed is key to keeping young children safe.”

    Children exposed to illicit fentanyl experienced a variety of symptoms including loss of consciousness and slowed or stopped breathing. Sixty-three percent of the children were treated with naloxone. To prevent opioid poisoning parents of young children should ensure all medicine, drugs and other potentially poisonous substances are kept up high and out of reach. Simple measures like using a cabinet lock or medicine lock box can have a big impact. These substances must be locked up after every use.

    Teach young children not to put anything in their mouth unless a trusted adult says it’s okay. When visiting another household, make sure medicine and drugs are out of reach or locked up. 

    People who use illicit drugs, or whose loved ones use illicit drugs, should take precautions against overdoses, including carrying multiple doses of naloxone, the opioid reversal drug. People who use fentanyl should be aware of the risk to children and use lock boxes or opaque lockable portable bags to store fentanyl or any potentially dangerous drug. It is important to note that naloxone that is intended for adults can be used safely on a child who is not breathing due to fentanyl or any opioid.

    Signs that someone is experiencing an opioid overdose include:

    • Small, constricted “pinpoint” pupils
    • Pale, bluish skin
    • Vomiting or foaming at the mouth
    • Slow, shallow breathing
    • Appearance of sleepiness or loss of consciousness.

    Call 9-1-1 right away if someone is unconscious, not breathing or if naloxone has been given.

    Poison Center experts are available 24/7/365 at no cost and can provide fast, free, and confidential help if you or a loved one is experiencing unwanted symptoms after taking pills or using illicit substances.

    Contact:

    Maggie Maloney

    America’s Poison Centers

    Sr. Director of External Affairs

    maloney@poisoncenters.org


  • March 22, 2024 3:00 PM | Shauna Devitt (Administrator)

    Bipartisan Brown, Scott Sponsor Resolution Designating March 17-23, 2024 as National Poison Prevention Week.

    Every year, trained pharmacists, nurses, specialists in poison information, and physicians manage more than 2 million poisoning cases in the United States and its territories. With tremendous progress since National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW) was first observed more than 60 years ago, poisonings unfortunately continue to be a leading cause of death and injury.

    U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Tim Scott (R-SC) sponsored a resolution to recognize the week of March 17 through March 23, 2024, as National Poison Prevention Week. “The hardworking folks at Poison Control Centers across the nation, including South Carolina’s Palmetto Poison Center, are working nonstop to help those in crisis,” said Senator Scott. “As we’ve witnessed overdoses and attempted suicides skyrocket, their vital work is more important now than ever before. During National Poison Prevention Week, we express our gratitude for these frontline workers who save lives each day through poison prevention and response efforts.”

    NPPW brings together the Nation’s 55 Poison Centers, community organizations, and government agencies to raise awareness of the risks posed by poisonous substances, precautions people can take to keep their families safe, and using the Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222) and website (PoisonHelp.org) when responding to an emergency. “Ohio is the proud home to two Poison Control Centers and I’m grateful for the lifesaving work the workers there do to keep our communities safe,” said Senator Brown. “As we recognize National Poison Prevention Week, we must continue to support these workers in Ohio and ensure staff, faculty, and other experts at our Poison Control Centers have the resources they need to protect Ohioans.”

    According to America’s Poison Centers 2022 Annual Report, the top five exposure substances are all products commonly found in the home. These include analgesics, household cleaners, cosmetics/personal care products, antidepressants, and antihistamines. “More than 90 percent of poisonings happen at home,” said Kaitlyn Brown, PharmD, Clinical Managing Director, America’s Poison Centers. “We know it can take only a minute for an accident to happen, especially with young children. This National Poison Prevention Week we encourage everyone to be prepared in the event of an emergency by saving 1-800-222-1222 in their contacts. This week is also a great opportunity to learn about resources and establish home safety practices.”

    “Poison Centers are often the unsung heroes on the front lines of responding to poisoning and public health emergencies,” said Richard Fogelson, America’s Poison Centers, CEO. “National Poison Prevention Week serves as a reminder of the critical role that Poison Centers play in providing education and prevention information to help keep our communities and families safe.”

    A ceremony was held this week at America’s Poison Centers’ offices in Arlington, Virginia for the winners of the 2024 NPPW Video and Poster Contest. Students in grades K-12 from across the country were invited to submit a video or poster that showcases poison prevention safety messaging by kids and for kids. This year’s winners include:

    • Poster People’s Choice Winner: Myrical McCray, Grade 3, Manatee School for the Arts and Sciences

    • Poster Grade K-2 Winner: Gwyneth Wagner, Grade 2

    • Poster Grade 3-4 Winner: Chrissa Orense, Grade 4

    • Poster Grand Prize Winner: Rheia Williams, Grade 1

    • Video People’s Choice Winner: Bella Landaker, Grade 8, Mandarin Middle School

    • Video Grade 5-8 Winners: Abdul Kareem Hasan, Andrew Du, Hayden Haithcock, and Brock Ferguson, Grade 8, Blacksburg Middle School

    • Video Grade 9-12 Place Winner: Sofia Nguyen, Grade 10, Westminster High School

    • Video Grand Prize Winners: Bailey Faulks, Xenia Okonta, Sara Pilic, Grade 7, Barber Middle School

    About America’s Poison Centers

    America’s Poison Centers represent 55 Poison Centers across the country. We are united in our cause to prevent every poison- and toxin-related health emergency in America. Through our national Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222) website PoisonHelp.org, we provide all Americans expert advice from nationally accredited centers with specialists who are certified in drug interactions, poison ingestions and exposure to toxins. These services are available 24/7/365, at no cost. Together, America’s Poison Centers ensure a national quality standard for the detection, prevention and treatment of toxin-related health emergencies.

    Contact:

    Maggie Maloney

    America’s Poison Centers

    Sr. Director of External Affairs

    maloney@poisoncenters.org

  • January 18, 2024 10:00 AM | Shauna Devitt (Administrator)

    For 40 years Poison Centers have led the national in publishing and tracking poison-related public health data

    America's Poison Centers releases the 2022 Annual Report of the National Poison Data System (NPDS), marking 40 years of publishing poison-related data trends in the United States. America's Poison Centers have published Annual Reports since 1983, providing expertise and educational information in managing increasing numbers of more serious poison exposures. The first Annual Report was published with the data of just 16 poison centers. Today, the National Poison Data System is the nations only near real-time poisoning data surveillance system, integrating the latest information from all 55 U.S. Poison Centers.

    Through the Poison Help line and website (poisonhelp.org), America's Poison Centers serves the entire population of the United States, providing free, expert, and confidential poison help 24/7/365. In 2022, U.S. Poison Centers responded to 2,427,974 total cases, on average receiving a new case every 15 seconds. The most common exposure substances were analgesics, household cleaning substances, antidepressants, cosmetics/personal care products, and antihistamines.

    “Unintentional and intentional exposures continue to be a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S., highlighting a clear need for specialized medical toxicology information to manage the increasing number of more serious exposures,” said Carol DesLauriers, PharmD, DABAT,  board president of America’s of Poison Centers and leader of the Illinois Poison Center. “Through NPDS we provide a critical nationwide infrastructure for surveillance that allows us to identify exposures of all kinds, including emerging public health threats, such as fentanyl and Delta-8 THC.”

    2022 Annual Report highlights include:

    • 24 percent of cases were reported from health care facilities in 2022. There has been a consistent increase in recent years of exposure cases reported from health care facilities, as well as cases with more serious outcomes.

    • Fentanyl was identified as an emerging public health threat. Since 2000, Poison Centers have documented a total of 53,144 fentanyl exposures, which have continued to increase over the years with a significant shift from prescription fentanyl to non-prescription (illicit) fentanyl. Analysis has demonstrated a strong correlation between the number of fentanyl exposures with more serious medical outcomes in NPDS and CDC wonder data on fentanyl-related deaths.

    • In 2022, Poison Centers managed 3,358 exposures to Delta-8 THC, an increase of 82 percent from 2021. This demonstrates the growing use and popularity of Delta-8 THC products, which are available in many forms, including gummies, chocolate, candies, cookies, vaping cartridges, infused drinks, and even breakfast cereal.

    For more information, or to read a full copy of the 2022 National Poison Data System Annual Report, visit: https://www.poisoncenters.org/annual-reports.

    For poison-related questions or emergency assistance, contact:

    • Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222 to speak with a poison expert, or
    • Visit PoisonHelp.org (the official website for America’s Poison Centers) for resources and support.

    Contact:

    Maggie Maloney

    America’s Poison Centers

    Sr. Director of External Affairs

    maloney@poisoncenters.org

  • August 23, 2023 8:00 AM | Maggie Maloney (Administrator)

     Guidelines will standardize treatment across U.S. and Canada and improve patient outcomes

    New consensus guidelines for the management of acetaminophen poisoning published in JAMA Network Open  are now available to be used by Poison Centers and hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. Acetaminophen overdose continues to be a leading cause of accidental and intentional poisoning, with more than 80,000 cases reported in 2021 to U.S. Poison Centers. When not treated properly, acetaminophen poisoning causes liver failure and death.

    For the first time-ever a panel of more than twenty experts were convened from America’s Poison Centers, American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT), American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT), and the Canadian Association of Poison Centres & Clinical Toxicologists (CAPCCT) to develop consensus guidelines for the treatment of acetaminophen poisoning. The guidelines were developed through a systematic review of the medical literature, including existing guidelines and 278 publications.

    “These guidelines address a critical gap in the care and treatment of patients with acetaminophen poisoning, and are a significant achievement for the medical and public health community,” said Richard Dart, MD, PhD, Director of the Rocky Mountain Poison Center and chairperson of the acetaminophen panel. “Standardized guidelines will ensure that patients receive life-saving treatment sooner, resulting in better patient care and outcomes, and has the potential to save costs by reducing the length of hospital stays.”

    The guidelines addressed the following topics:  

    •  Assessing risk of liver injury
    •   Recommended dosage and administration of activated charcoal and N-Acetylcysteine (NAC), which are used to treat acetaminophen overdose
    •  Special populations (i.e. pregnant persons, children)
    •   Assessing and treating high-risk ingestions (formerly called "massive overdose”)

    “I want to extend a huge congratulations to all the members of the panel who participated in the development of these guidelines,” said Carol DesLauriers, PharmD, Board President, America’s Poison Centers and Assistant Vice President of the Illinois Poison Center and Illinois Health and Hospital Association. “This milestone is a testament to the hard work and collaboration among the different organizations. More importantly, it will help us drive our collective public health mission forward, and reduce the number of poison-related health emergencies.

    To read a full copy of the new guidelines, visit JAMA Network Open.

    For questions related to acetaminophen or emergency assistance, contact:

    •  Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222 to speak with a poison expert, or
    • Visit PoisonHelp.org (the official website for America’s Poison Centers) for resources and support.


  • April 18, 2023 4:14 PM | Maggie Maloney (Administrator)

    The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy recently designated xylazine combined with fentanyl as an emerging threat to the United States.  This combination is sometimes referred to by the slang term,“Tranq.” Xylazine is a non-opioid tranquilizer approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for veterinary use only. There has been a steady increase in the combination of fentanyl and xylazine being sold illegally in the United States, may lead to more severe complications from overdose.  

    The introduction of xylazine has played a significant role in the opioid crisis and the increase in cases and overdose deaths seen across the country. Similar to other agencies, U.S. Poison Centers are documenting an increasing number of cases involving xylazine. In 2022, U.S. Poison Centers documented the largest annual number of cases involving xylazine noting a 173% increase in cases compared to 2019.This trend of increased xylazine exposures continues in 2023. During the first 3 months of 2023, Poison Centers have documented four times the number of xylazine cases compared to the same period in 2022.

    Poison Centers offer the following precautions to protect against poisoning.

    • Naloxone is safe to administer to people experiencing an overdose from xylazine combined with fentanyl. While it will not reverse the effects of xylazine, it may help by reversing the effects of fentanyl or other opioids involved.
    • Call Poison Help (1-800-222-1222) to reach your local poison center if you suspect someone has been exposed to xylazine combined with fentanyl.
    • Call 911 immediately if an individual is unconscious, unable to breathe, or seizing.

    For additional online support and poisoning prevention resources, visit PoisonHelp.org.


  • March 20, 2023 4:04 PM | Maggie Maloney (Administrator)

    Bipartisan Brown, Scott Sponsor Resolution Designating March 19-25, 2023 as National Poison Prevention Week

    Every year, specially trained pharmacists, nurses, and physicians manage more than 2 million poisoning cases. While we have made great strides in the decades since National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW) was first observed more than 60 years ago poisoning remains a risk, especially for children and older adults.

    The White House issued its annual proclamation for NPPW, which is recognized during the third week of March. This year’s full proclamation is available for view here. NPPW brings together the Nation’s 55 Poison Centers, community organizations, and government agencies to raise awareness of the risks of posed by poisonous substances, precautions people can take to keep their families safe, and using the Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222) and website (PoisonHelp.org) when responding to an emergency.

    In addition, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Tim Scott (R-SC) sponsored a resolution to recognize the week of March 19 through March 25, 2023, as National Poison Prevention Week. “Ohio is the proud home to two Poison Control Centers and I’m grateful for the lifesaving work the workers there do to keep our communities safe,” said Senator Brown. “As we recognize National Poison Prevention Week, we must continue to support the work of the CDC and ensure staff, faculty, and other experts at our Poison Control Centers have the resources they need to protect Ohioans.”

    According to America’s Poison Centers 2021 annual report, the top five exposure substances are all products commonly found in the home. These include analgesics, household cleaners, cosmetics/personal care products, antidepressants, and sedatives.  “More than 90 percent of poisonings happen at home,” said Kaitlyn Brown, PharmD, Clinical Managing Director, America’s Poison Centers. “We know it can take only a minute for an accident to happen, especially with young children. This National Poison Prevention Week we encourage everyone to be prepared in the event of an emergency by saving 1-800-222-1222 in their contacts. This week is also a great opportunity to learn about resources and establish home safety practices.”

    Poison Centers are often the unsung heroes on the front lines of responding to poisoning and public health emergencies,” said Richard Fogelson, America’s Poison Centers, CEO. “National Poison Prevention Week serves as a reminder of the critical role that Poison Centers play in providing education and prevention information to help keep our communities and families safe.”

    During a ceremony earlier today, America’s Poison Centers also awarded the winners of the 2023 NPPW Video and Poster Contest. Students in grades 5-12 from across the country are invited to submit a video or poster that showcases poison prevention safety messaging by kids and for kids. This year’s winners include:

    • People’s Choice Winner:  Matthew Harvey, Grade 8, Mandarin Middle School
    • Grade 5-8 Winners: Julia Aldrich & Addie Larson, Grade 8, Mandarin Middle School
    • Grade 9-12 1st Place Winner: Collin Fowler, Grade 11, Indian Trail High School
    • Grand Prize Winners: DaMarcus Ganaway, Julian Shahly, William Jones & Isaiah Vieira, Grade 8, Mandarin Middle School

    For additional information and to download NPPW resources please visit, America's Poison Centers - NPPW 2023.

    About America’s Poison Centers

    America’s Poison Centers represent 55 Poison Centers across the country. We are united in our cause to prevent every poison- and toxin-related health emergency in America. Through our national Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222) website PoisonHelp.org, we provide all Americans expert advice from nationally accredited medical specialists about potential drug interactions, poison ingestions and exposure to toxins such as insects or chemicals — available 24/7/365, at no cost. Together, America’s Poison Centers ensure a national quality standard for the detection, prevention and treatment of toxin-related health emergencies.

    CONTACT:

    Maggie Maloney

    America’s Poison Centers

    703.894.1867

    maloney@PoisonCenters.org

     


  • October 11, 2022 10:02 AM | Maggie Maloney (Administrator)

    Poison Centers in every state, territory and jurisdiction detect, prevent and treat a broad range of poison and toxin-related emergencies, and provide every American access to 24/7, 365 expert help

    As part of its growing public health work across the country, the American Association of Poison Control Centers is modernizing its brand and has changed its name to America’s Poison Centers to reflect the full range of the Association’s services. This includes the life-saving, local emergency services that its 55 poison center members provide to every American, via a free, confidential Poison Help line 1-800-222-1222 and its website PoisonHelp.org. The organization also operates the nation’s only near-real time data system that integrates the poisoning public health data from across the nation’s 55 centers.

    Much like a cardiologist specializes in heart health, Poison Centers specialize in poisonings, overdoses and toxins. The experts staffing the Poison Help line are healthcare professionals such as nurses, pharmacists and physicians.

    Most Americans may know Poison Centers help with pediatric-related poison emergencies – for example, a parent calling the help line when their child ingests a harmful substance. However, there are a wide variety of situations where a poison help line expert can provide advice about a wide range of issues for people of all ages: medication interactions, food poisoning, insect exposures, snake bites, workplace or home chemical hazards, drug overdoses and any toxin-related exposure.

    “Many people aren’t aware of the variety of substances that can cause serious illness or even death,” said Carol DesLauriers, a registered pharmacist who serves as both the board president for America’s Poison Centers and the director of the Illinois Poison Center. “We know accidents and the unexpected happen every day. Please save 800-222-1222 in your contacts so you have the number handy in the event of an emergency. A call can be the difference between life and death, and our trained experts are here to provide emergency medical advice and education to healthcare providers and the public, 24/7.”

    Visitors to PoisonHelp.org will now find expanded first aid and education resources, and the latest data and trending topics in poison exposures. Additionally, the Get Help tool provides real-time advice and actionable next steps if you have been exposed to a potentially toxic product, poison or medication.

     Poison Centers Aid National Health Emergency Response

    In addition to providing emergency resources and support, Poison Centers are on the front lines responding to many of the country’s national public health issues, including:

    • Covid-19: Poison Centers managed more than 1.2 million inquiries directly related to Covid-19 in 2020-2021. Poison center data was used by public health partners to issue public health warning on alternative Covid-19 treatments.
    • The Opioid crisis: Between 2019 and 2021 Poison Centers reported a 39 percent increase in severe outcomes and deaths reported from illicit and pharmaceutical opioid overdose cases.
    • Cannabis: As cannabis products become more accessible and legally available in many states, Poison Centers reported a 45 percent increase in cases involving children under six between 2020 and 2021, resulting in increased healthcare facility utilization and risk for severe illness.
    • E-cigarettes: With the proliferation of e-cigarette use, exposures to concentrated nicotine liquids has risen, resulting in increased risk of severe poisoning, especially in children and teens.

    All cases that come into a local poison center are synced into America’s Poison Centers’ poisoning surveillance system. The National Poison Data System™ (NPDS) detects trends in toxin-related exposures and information requests, providing actionable, quality, real-time data to emergency medical teams, public health officials and others.

    “As we continue to enhance our capabilities and impact for the nation, the mission of our Centers remains the same: to prevent poison and toxin-related injuries in America with 24x7 service to the public and near- real time surveillance data,” said Richard Fogelson, CEO of America’s Poison Centers. “We monitor and respond to emerging public health issues, ensure Poison Centers across the country are accredited to meet the highest standards in toxicology education, and maintain the latest and most accurate data for use by government agencies, research institutions, healthcare providers and industry.”

    About America’s Poison Centers

    America’s Poison Centers represents 55 poison centers across the country. We are united in our cause to prevent every poison- and toxin-related health emergency in America. Through our national Poison Help line (800-222-1222) and website PoisonHelp.org, we provide all Americans expert advice from nationally accredited medical specialists about potential drug interactions, poison ingestions and exposure to toxins such as insects or chemicals — available 24/7/365, at no cost. Together, America’s Poison Centers ensure a national quality standard for the detection, prevention and treatment of toxin-related health emergencies.

    CONTACT: 

    Maggie Maloney

    America’s Poison Centers

    703.894.1867

    maloney@PoisonCenters.org


  • October 05, 2022 10:34 AM | Maggie Maloney (Administrator)

    The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) announced its officers and new members-at-large of the Board of Directors for 2022-2023. These members bring decades of experience in the field of poison information and demonstrate the vast medical expertise poison centers offer to our communities.

    Carol DesLauriers, PharmD, DABAT, Assistant Vice President at the Illinois Health and Hospital Association and leader of the Illinois Poison Center will serve as the AAPCC Board President. In addition, Julie Weber, RPh, CSPI, Managing Director of the Missouri Poison Center will continue to serve on the board as Past-President. 

    AAPCC also elected Alvin Bronstein, MD, FACEP, to serve as President-Elect. Dr. Bronstein is Attending Faculty at Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Safety (RMPDS), and Branch Chief of Hawaii Department of Health.

    Linda Kalin, RN, BS, CSPI, will serve a second term as Treasurer and is the Executive Director of the Iowa Poison Control Center. Shireen Banerji, PharmD, DABAT, is the newly elected Secretary and the Director of Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Safety (RMPDS).

    In addition, four new at-large members were elected to serve on the board:

    • Bruce Ruck, PharmD, DABAT, Managing Director, NJ Poison Information and Education System
    • Christopher Holstege, MD, Director, Blue Ridge Poison Center 
    • Victoria Frankl, RN, CSPI, MPH, Education Coordinator, Northern New England Poison Center
    • Wendy Stephan, PhD, MPH, CHES, Health Education Coordinator, Florida Poison Information Center-Miami

    About the American Association of Poison Control Centers

    The American Association of Poison Control Centers represents 55 poison centers across the country. We are united in our cause to prevent every poison- and toxin-related health emergency in America. Through our national Poison Help line (800-222-1222) and website PoisonHelp.org, we provide all Americans expert advice from nationally accredited medical specialists about potential drug interactions, poison ingestions and exposure to toxins such as insects or chemicals — available 24/7/365, at no cost. The American Association of Poison Control Centers ensure a national quality standard for the detection, prevention and treatment of toxin-related health emergencies.

    For More Information, Contact:

    Maggie Maloney
    Director, Public Education & Communications
    maloney@aapcc.org

     


  • April 29, 2022 9:39 AM | Anonymous

    Poison control centers across the U.S. reported a 253 percent increase in self-poisoning with nitrites and nitrates and a 166 percent increase in fatalities in 2021 in comparison to 2018. This is at the same time there is increased accessibility of sodium nitrite through online vendors and recommendations frequently shared in online communities that it can be used as an effective method of suicide.

    Sodium nitrite is a form of salt and commonly used as a food preservative. Consuming large quantities of sodium nitrite can cause methemoglobinemia, which is a dangerous and potentially fatal condition where the amount of oxygen carried by the blood is greatly reduced. The high mortality rate and toxicity of sodium nitrite is also of significant concern. Since 2018, nearly 15 percent of nitrites and nitrates self-poisoning cases have resulted in death, with 88 percent of individuals requiring management in a health-care facility.

    Poison centers offer the following precautions to prevent sodium nitrite poisoning and advice on what to do in the event of an exposure:

    1.       Call 911 immediately if an individual is unconscious, unable to breathe or seizing.
    2.       Call Poison Help (1-800-222-1222) or visit PoisonHelp.org if you suspect someone has been exposed to sodium nitrite or for more information about poisoning prevention.
    3.       If you or a loved one are in emotional distress or crisis, call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
    4.       Avoid keeping large quantities of sodium nitrite containing products in the home.
    5.       Store sodium nitrite containing products in a locked cabinet or up and out of reach of children.

    Four ways to prepare, prevent, and protect against poisoning:

    1.  Text POISON to 797979 to save the Poison Help Hotline as a contact in your mobile phone.

    2. Save the Poison Help Hotline number, 1-800-222-1222, into your mobile phone.

    3. Display the Poison Help Hotline contact number throughout your home.

    4. Get Info:

    ·         Web: www.aapcc.org

    ·         Twitter: https://twitter.com/AAPCC

    ·         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aapcc

    For National Poison Data or Information, Contact:

    Maggie Maloney
    Director, Public Education & Communications
    maloney@aapcc.org

     


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