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Succulent Surprise Spotlighted in the September Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits
What Tweens and Teens Should Know About the Poison Center Highlighted in the September/October Issue of MPC's Poison Prevention Press
Detergent Suicides Spotlighted in the August Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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 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...
|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 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...