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Calling the poison center can save you time and help our hospital workers

While vaccine rollouts promise some light at the end of the tunnel, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a toll on health care providers, with many hospitals stretched thin … Continue reading

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Lead poisoning is still an issue in Northern New England

Lead poisoning remains a concern in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, where we have some of the country’s oldest housing. Lead paint was widely used in houses built before 1950 … Continue reading

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Practice safe canning to avoid botulism

The COVID-19 pandemic appears to have sparked a renewed interest in canning as Americans spend more time at home. While canning can be a good way to preserve food for … Continue reading

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Poison safety during a pandemic: Guidance for school nurses, teachers and daycare providers

During the COVID-19 pandemic, poison centers across the country have seen increases in certain types of poisonings. These poisoning risks will be of concern to teachers, nurses and other staff … Continue reading

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NNEPC welcomes new medical director, attending physician

The Northern New England Poison Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Mark Neavyn as our new medical director. Dr. Neavyn comes to us from Worcester in his home state of … Continue reading

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NNEPC releases presentation on COVID-related poisonings

In this 10-minute presentation, NNEPC educator Gayle Finkelstein discusses some of the types of poisonings we’ve been seeing more frequently since the pandemic started and provides some prevention steps you … Continue reading

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NNEPC sees uptick in false hellebore poisonings

Every spring the Northern New England Poison Center manages a number of poisonings resulting from foragers eating false hellebore by mistake, and we’ve seeing a particular spike in cases this … Continue reading

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Staying safe while staying home

For more information, see our COVID-related poisonings fact sheet “My daughter licked some hand sanitizer. Should I be worried?” “I mixed bleach with vinegar and now I’m having a hard … Continue reading

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Chloroquine death highlights importance of medication safety during pandemic

In a high-profile case last month, an Arizona man died and his wife needed to be hospitalized after they swallowed an aquarium product to try to prevent getting COVID-19. The … Continue reading

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Effects of marijuana use during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Download this as a printable fact sheet Summary Studies suggest that using marijuana while pregnant or breastfeeding may have negative affects on the baby’s development. While these studies have been … Continue reading

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