Category Archives: National News

Get rid of your old medications this Saturday

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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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Snorting Smarties: Not so smart, but not because of maggots

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There’s been a lot of media attention in the last few days about snorting Smarties candy, after a school in Rhode Island sent home a letter warning parents about the … Continue reading

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Broken snow globe? There may be more than water inside

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Many people think that snow globes are just filled with water. But some globes, especially ones from overseas, actually have a small amount of ethylene glycol (antifreeze) mixed in. This can … Continue reading

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Three tips for buying safe Christmas toys

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Buying Christmas presents for kids is always a challenge. We can’t help you pick out the perfect gift, but we can help you make sure your gifts are safe and … Continue reading

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Do you have old medication?

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The U.S. DEA is working with local police agencies to hold a medication take-back this Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great chance for … Continue reading

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What is the drug called Molly?

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There have been numerous news reports recently about a party drug called “Molly” that has been making the rounds, especially at concerts. Close to home, the drug has been potentially … Continue reading

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Poisonings at work: An interview with Dr. Karla Armenti

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For North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, we spoke with Dr. Karla Armenti, the principal investigator for the Occupational Health Surveillance Program within the New Hampshire Department of Health … Continue reading

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Suicide and poisoning: Prevention strategies

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Suicide is a complex issue involving multiple factors. According to the Surgeon General’s 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, “There is no single path that will lead to suicide. Rather, … Continue reading

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Suicide and poisoning: Current statistics

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According to the CDC, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death [PDF] in the U.S. in 2010 with 38,364 suicides, a rate of 12.4 per 100,000. Northern New England … Continue reading

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Prescription Drug Abuse: An ED perspective

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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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