Category Archives: National News

Three tips for buying safe Christmas toys

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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 is drug abuse a poisoning?

When people think of drug abuse they often don’t think of poisonings or the poison center. But when people try to get high by drinking too much alcohol, inhaling paint … Continue reading

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How much caffeine is in your favorite drink?

Have you ever wondered how much caffeine is in your favorite beverage? The chart below gives a look at how much caffeine is in some popular drinks. The amount of … Continue reading

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