Category Archives: Medication Safety

Get rid of your old medications this Saturday

The U.S. DEA is sponsoring another medication take-back day this Saturday at locations throughout the country. The DEA has been offering these events twice a year for a few years … Continue reading

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Holiday safety tips

New Hampshire educator Laurie Warnock recently appeared on ConcordTV’s “On The Beat” to talk about the poison center and offer some holiday safety tips.

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Can I give my child Benadryl to make them sleepy?

If you’ve ever traveled on a plane with a young child, you may have been tempted to give them a dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to make them sleepy. While you … Continue reading

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Is it safe to take medication when you’re pregnant?

Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you won’t get ordinary aches and pains, like headaches or a cold. I rarely have pain other than the occasional headache, but when … Continue reading

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Mr. Yuk: A retired poison prevention icon

Do you remember Mr. Yuk? Many poison centers used to give parents Mr. Yuk stickers to put on poisonous things. The idea was that kids would learn to stay away … Continue reading

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New Hampshire drug-related deaths – 2011

The number of drug-related deaths in New Hampshire hit 200 in 2011. During poison prevention week, our New Hampshire educator, Laurie Warnock, presented on this growing problem and what can be … Continue reading

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Prescription Drug Abuse: An ED perspective

The abuse of prescription drugs, especially opioid painkillers, is a growing public health concern. Our Medical Director, Dr. Tamas Peredy, is also a doctor with the Maine Medical Center Emergency … Continue reading

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Adults are more likely to die from poisoning than kids

When most people think of poisonings they think of a little kid getting into cleaning products stored under the kitchen sink. These poisonings happen a lot, but so do poisonings … Continue reading

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How can you help a child with a cold feel better?

As we talked about in yesterday’s post, cold and cough medications are not recommended for young children. But if your child feels miserable, what can you do? To bolster my … Continue reading

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Is it safe to give my child cold medicine?

If your house has been anything like mine this winter, your family has been busy playing “pass the cold.” As a parent of a toddler it’s really tough when your … Continue reading

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