Category Archives: Poison Prevention

NNEPC notes increase in self-harm cases among young teens

The NNEPC has noted a significant increase in self-harm-related poisonings among children 16 years old and younger over the past several months in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. From October … Continue reading

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Preparing for a new baby: Steps for avoiding accidental poisonings

If you are expecting a new baby or have young children in your home, taking steps to prevent accidental poisonings is a crucial part of home safety. Many common items … 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 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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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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Foraging for mushrooms can be risky

Every year the Northern New England Poison Center helps patients who have become sick after misidentifying mushrooms they picked to eat. Among NNEPC cases, mistakes made while foraging are the … Continue reading

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