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Canary spurge succulent

Succulent Surprise Spotlighted in the September Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits
Date Published: September 28, 2021
Gardening, particularly with succulents and other desert plants, remains a popular trend in the United States. Two plants that may be encountered in succulent gardening include the African Milk Tree and the Pencil Tree. Read more...

A group of tweens and teens sitting in a classroom 

What Tweens and Teens Should Know About the Poison Center Highlighted in the September/October Issue of MPC's Poison Prevention Press
Date Published: September 16, 2021
Tweens and teens accounted for 13.8% of cases at the Maryland Poison Center (MPC) in 2020. As children get older, they are more independent in their day-to-day life, leading to the potential for more poison exposures. Read more...

Black skull and crossbones 

Detergent Suicides Spotlighted in the August Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits
Date Published: August 23, 2021
“Detergent suicides” (also known as “chemical” or “gas” suicides) refer to self-harm attempts carried out through the intentional mixing of two different chemicals to create toxic gases. Read more...

hemp plant What You Should Know About Delta-8-THC Highlighted in the July/August Issue of MPC's Poison Prevention Press
Date Published: July 30, 2021
Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), also known as delta-8, is becoming an increasingly popular product. Let’s dive deeper into what you need to know about delta-8. Read more... 
Green single-use laundry packets Ocular exposures to laundry pods Spotlighted in the July Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits
Date Published: July 22, 2021
Liquid laundry detergent capsules, also known as single-use detergent sacs or pods have been a common pediatric exposure since 2011 when they were released in the United States. Read more...
hemp plant Delta-8 distilled Spotlighted in the June Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits
Date Published: June 22, 2021
Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-8) hit the news in early 2021 after quietly entering the cannabis market over the last couple of years. Delta-8 is available in many forms including edibles (gummies, baked goods), vapes, dabs, and infused plant material. Read more...
Copperhead snake Anavip® vs Crofab®, the battle of the antivenoms Spotlighted in the May Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits
Date Published: May 28, 2021
The matching of indication and difference in antivenom components sparks a discussion on what to use in patients presenting with snakebite envenomation. Read more...
Photo of the operations area at the Maryland Poison Center with specialists working at their desks A Day in the Life of a Poison Center Highlighted in May/June Issue of MPC's Poison Prevention Press
Date Published: May 18, 2021
Here’s a snapshot of a single day in March 2021, when one to five specialists in poison information (SPI’s) were on duty at any given time. Together, they managed 121 new cases on this day. Read more...
Counterfeit Alptazolam tablets from the DEA NPS Benzodiazepines Spotlighted in April Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits
Date Published: April 22, 2021
New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are emerging drugs that are synthesized to mimic psychoactive substances that have been banned. The identification of NPS benzodiazepines in biological and drug samples has been increasing in recent years. Read more...
Chemical structures of Venlafaxine and Tramadol Tramadol revisited Spotlighted in March Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits
Date Published: March 18, 2021
Tramadol was first available in the United States in March 1995 and assigned
as a schedule IV substance in 2014. Tramadol shares structural similarities with
venlafaxine, and therefore inhibits serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake
(SNRI). Read more...
Traditional Mr. Yuk sticker with a birthday hat on Mr. Yuk's 50th Birthday Highlighted in March/April Issue of MPC's Poison Prevention Press
Date Published: March 17, 2021
Mr. Yuk celebrates his 50th birthday in 2021! The familiar green face was created at the Pittsburgh Poison Center in 1971. Dr. Richard Moriarty, the founder of the Pittsburgh Poison Center, wanted to create a symbol that could help prevent poisonings in children. Read more...
National Poison Prevention Week 2021 main image Maryland Poison Center Celebrates National Poison Prevention Week
Date Published: March 1, 2021
Observed March 21-27, National Poison Prevention Week helps raise awareness about the dangers of poisonings and promotes steps that everyone can take to prevent them. Read more...
National Poison Prevention Week 2021 main image National Poison Prevention Week Spotlighted in February Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits
Date Published: February 17, 2021
National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW) is March 21-27, 2021. Join the Maryland Poison Center (MPC) in using this week to encourage the public to take steps to prevent poisonings and to be prepared if a poisoning occurs. Read more...
Purple Colchicum Autumnae flower in grass Colchicine Spotlighted in January Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits
Date Published: January 20, 2021
Colchicine is a naturally occurring alkaloid compound harvested from the autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale) with use as a natural remedy dating back to 550 A.D. Despite therapeutic benefits, colchicine is extremely toxic in overdose and after drug interactions that inhibit colchicine clearance. Read more...
Carbon Monoxide word cloud with characteristics of carbon monoxide, sources of carbon monoxide, and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning Carbon Monoxide Highlighted in Jan./Feb. Issue of MPC's Poison Prevention Press
Date Published: January 19, 2021
January is the deadliest month for carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings. Although they can happen year-round, CO poisonings occur more often during the winter months, as colder temperatures cause people to use furnaces and other heaters. Read more...