Yearly Archives: 2018

What are the tick risks in northern New England?

Ticks! Just thinking about them can make your skin crawl. With growing populations of ticks in northern New England, there is a good chance you or someone you know has … Continue reading

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How to choose a carbon monoxide alarm

A carbon monoxide alarm is one of your most important tools for preventing poisonings in your home. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that you can’t see or smell. It’s … Continue reading

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Foraging for mushrooms can be risky

Every year the Northern New England Poison Center helps patients who have become sick after misidentifying mushrooms they picked to eat. Among NNEPC cases, mistakes made while foraging are the … Continue reading

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What is ‘juuling’?

Looking similar to a USB flash drive and easily hidden, Juul electronic cigarettes have rapidly grown in use among teenagers. Dubbed by some the “iPhone of e-cigarettes,” Juuls are so … Continue reading

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Is it safe to use Orajel or Anbesol for teething?

The FDA has strengthened its warnings about benzocaine, a medication used to numb pain that is included in some over-the-counter teething products. Though it’s rare, swallowing benzocaine can cause a … Continue reading

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Antidote management & antidote chart

The Northern New England Poison Center is your local resource for antidote management. Our poison specialists and toxicologists are available 24/7 to assist health care professionals in the medical management … Continue reading

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Get rid of your expired medications on Saturday, April 28

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is holding a prescription drug take-back day this Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at locations across the country. You can … Continue reading

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Alert: Adulterated “spice” in Chicago area

The Chicago area has seen a significant number of cases of people using synthetic cannabinoids (spice, K2, fake weed, etc.) that have been adulterated with brodifacoum. This is a rat … Continue reading

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Brushing up on fluoride for kids and adults

What are the benefits of fluoride? Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can help prevent tooth decay by strengthening the enamel of your teeth. It is added to most … Continue reading

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Why you should keep products in their original containers

“Keep products in their original containers.” Whether it’s a medication, a cleaner or an automotive product, this is one of our top tips for preventing poisonings, because mistakes are easy … Continue reading

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