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In 2015, the Washington Poison Center (WAPC) managed 62,732 calls, almost 172 calls per day.  There were 54,928 human poison exposures, with children six and younger accounting for over 49% of all poison exposure cases.  There were over 7804 information calls. Over 80 % of poisonings were unintentional; 15 % were intentional, with self harm suspected in 9.8 % of all cases. Top 10 categories for all exposures (adult a
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Chemical Spill at Pacific Steel and Recycling in Spokane, WA

SEATTLE, Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 – Earlier today there was an accidental release of arsenic trichloride/chlorine gas at Pacific Steel and Recycling facility in north Spokane. The specialists at the Washington Poison Center have been working with the first responders, HAZMAT crews, and healthcare facilities in the Spokane area to provide treatment advice to those known to be exposed. The HAZMAT team tested the im
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Dr. Garrard Named to PSBJ’s 40 Under 40

Washington Poison Center’s Dr. Garrard Named to Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 SEATTLE, JULY 23, 2015 – Just over one year ago, Dr. Alexander Garrard joined the Washington Poison Center (WAPC) staff as the Clinical Managing Director, coming most recently from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he worked in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.  WA
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Gov. Inslee cites new data showing alarming increase in adolescent use of electronic cigarettes

Summary Gov. Jay Inslee today released a report that shows Washington’s 8th and 10th grade students use electronic cigarettes, or “vaping,” at more than twice the rate that they smoke tobacco. Vaping and e-cigarettes put young people at risk of serious health harm, including nicotine addiction, potential effects of nicotine on the developing adolescent brain, and can be a gateway to smoking cigarettes and using other
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Toxic Trends Report* E-Cigarettes January 22nd, 2015

The Washington Poison and Drug Information Center has seen over a 1,000% increase in call volume on e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine from 2012 to 2014. Of the total 182 calls answered by the WAPC, 109 were in children 1 – 3 years of age (60%). Children 1 – 3 years of age also comprised 82% of the total pediatric calls handled by Specialists in Poison Information. The majority of exposures (n=121) were considered unin
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Toxic Trends Report* Cannabis January 22nd, 2015

The Washington Poison and Drug Information Center is reporting a record number of marijuana exposures in Washington State since before recreational marijuana was legalized in 2012. The majority of calls occurred within the 13 – 19 year age range followed quickly by the 20 – 29 years of age group. The majority of exposures were a result of intentional abuse (n= 108) in ages 13 years and older followed by unintentional
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2014 top ten

2014 Top Ten

In 2014, the Washington Poison Center (WAPC)  managed 63,728 calls, over 174 calls per day on average.  There were 54,715 human poison exposures, with children younger than six accounting for over 56% of all poison exposure cases.  There were over 7,981 information calls. Almost 81% of poisonings were unintentional. 13.9% were intentional, with suicidal intent suspected in 9% of all cases. E-cigarette exposure calls
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Toxic Trends Report* E-Cigarettes December 12th, 2014

The Washington Poison Center continues to monitor the concerning trend in E-cigarette exposures, especially in children 1 – 3 years of age. While the majority of cases have resulted in minimal toxicity (i.e. mild stomach upset), the potential still exists for children to be exposed to larger doses due to lack of industry standard safety measures such as child-resistant packaging. “Kids are more likely to inadvertentl
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Toxic Trends Report* Cannabis December 12th, 2014

The Washington Poison Center continues to follow the number of marijuana exposures occurring throughout the state of Washington. The majority of calls to the Poison Center have come in from healthcare facilities followed by home residences. “It’s extremely important that people who use marijuana or marijuana edibles keep these products out of reach of kids,” says Dr. Garrard of the Washington Poison Center. “Minor ef
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Toxic Trends Report* Cannabis November 10th, 2014

The month of October saw a large spike in marijuana exposures called into the Washington Poison Center. With only a handful of recreational marijuana stores open in the state, the majority of exposures likely result from marijuana obtained at medical marijuana dispensaries. “The medical marijuana industry is largely unregulated and not subject to the scrutiny and oversight by the Liquor Control Board that recreationa
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