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How to use bug spray safely

Summer is here and many of us in northern New England will be spending more time outside. It’s a busy time for everyone, including the Northern New England Poison Center. … Continue reading

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Fiddleheads: How to safely enjoy a seasonal treat

There is a rich tradition of foraging for fiddleheads in northern New England. These wild-growing ferns can be a tasty treat, as long as you take care when harvesting and … Continue reading

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Three ways you can help prevent poisonings: Safe use, safe storage, safe disposal

Most poisonings that happen at home involve products like medications and cleaners. Following three basic principles when it comes to medications and household products can help you prevent poisonings and … Continue reading

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Are your art supplies toxic? Look for the ACMI seal

Have you ever walked into a room to find a child’s face covered in marker ink? Fortunately, most common kids’ art supplies are nontoxic, and a quick call to the … Continue reading

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Eyes, nose, mouth, skin: Four ways poisons can enter the body

Many substances can be irritating to the eyes, and the poison center can help. Call 1-800-222-1222. When you hear the word poisoning, what comes to mind? Is it a young … Continue reading

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Are you at risk for a medication interaction?

Do you regularly take more than one medication? The more medicine you take—including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and supplements—the more likely you are to have a medication error or a … Continue reading

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Avoid poisonings when using flea treatments

Fleas: It’s a word no pet owner wants to hear. These little insects can cause your dog or cat lots of itching and scratching, and sometimes other health problems, such … Continue reading

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Watch out for brown-tail moth caterpillars

Brown-tail moth caterpillar photo via the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Brown-tail moth caterpillars are out in force in parts of Maine, particularly along the coast, and will … Continue reading

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Get expert advice in minutes, 24/7

If you have ever had to take a young child to the emergency room, you know that the process can feel like an eternity—driving to the hospital while worrying if … Continue reading

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Time to clean out old medications and hazardous waste

While you’re giving your home a thorough spring cleaning, it’s a good time to get rid of things you no longer need, like old medications. In fact, there is a … Continue reading

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