Yearly Archives: 2015

Calling the poison center: My child ate toothpaste

In September we looked at what you can expect when you call the poison center. This month we’ll show you how a call might sound. The example here is pretty … Continue reading

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Medication safety: Put the cap on

Oops! A member of the NNEPC team came home to find this scene while their spouse was giving medicine to one of the kids. That’s better! For safety, put the … Continue reading

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What happens when you call the poison center?

Many people who call the poison center are understandably worried, but the good news is nearly 9 out of every 10 calls from home can be safely managed with fast, … Continue reading

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Have you seen this mushroom?

We’ve had a number of cases in the last few days of young children getting into amanita muscaria or similar mushrooms in the yard. These can make kids sick. If … Continue reading

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Antidote management

If you are a health care provider, the Northern New England Poison Center is your local resource for antidote management. We can help with the medical management of patients who require … Continue reading

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Driving and medications don’t always mix

For many of us, driving is part of our everyday routine, whether it’s getting to work, running errands or visiting friends and family. But certain medications can make it unsafe … Continue reading

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How to read an over-the-counter medication label

Whether you are treating a headache or have a cold, it is important to read the label every time you take an over-the-counter (nonprescription) medication. The label will tell you what … Continue reading

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How to avoid some common medication errors

According to a 2015 study, every 8 minutes a child under 6 in the United States gets the wrong medication or the wrong dose of their medication. There are a … Continue reading

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Take these steps to help prevent poisonings in your home

How safe is your home? We all try to keep our homes safe for kids, pets, visitors, and ourselves, but it’s easy to miss things. Let’s take a look at … Continue reading

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How much nicotine?

Cigarettes and other nicotine products vary widely in how much nicotine they contain. Below is a rough guide to the total amount found in some common products. It’s also important … Continue reading

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