logo

Category

From the Toxicologist

2016 Top Ten

In 2016, the Washington Poison Center (WAPC) managed 62,498 calls, over 171 calls per day. There were 55,224 human poison exposures, with children six and younger accounting for almost 51% of all poison exposure cases.  Human exposures with more serious outcomes (moderate, major, or death) accounted for 6.17 % of all exposures.   There were over 7274 information calls. Over 80 % of poisonings were unintentional; 15 %
Read More

Cannabis, E-Cigarette, and Opioid Annual Toxic Trends Reports for 2016

The 2016 Annual Toxic Trends Reports are now available. Cannabis (Marijuana) 2016 marijuana exposures by Washington County For more detailed statistics regarding your county and WAPC data contact requests@wapc.org.  Please note, there may be a fee associated for data. E-Cigarettes Opioids               *Disclaimer: Reporting of exposures to the Poison Center is voluntary and not man
Read More
poisoned or playing

Exposure Versus Poisoning: What’s the Difference?

The Washington Poison and Drug Information Center (WAPC) is frequently asked, “What’s the difference between a poisoning and an exposure?” or “What does an exposure actually entail?” These questions and the answers to them may have a greater impact on the public and healthcare professionals than meets the eye. According to the National Poison Data System (NPDS) Coding Users’ Manual, an exposure is defined as: Actual
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

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
Read More

Toxic Trends Report* E-Cigarettes November 10th, 2014

The number of poison calls on liquid nicotine products has increased substantially at the Washington Poison Center since the first two cases in 2010. “The current trend in liquid nicotine exposures is extremely concerning, and it’s only a matter of time before a child or adult has a serious, if not fatal, outcome”, says Dr. Alexander Garrard, Clinical Managing Director at the WAPC. Pierce, King, Spokane, and Snohomis
Read More
Image is representative of Molly tablets, not actual tablets involved in incident.

MOLLY- Public Health Alert

The Washington Poison Center is reporting an increase in the number of serious cases, including at least 1 death, associated with the drug “Molly” in recent days at rave events. Molly is marketed as a pure form of Ecstasy, but in reality, many users do not know what they’re using when they ingest Molly. The poison center urges people to contact medical help if they or someone they know is experiencing adverse effects
Read More

Washington Poison Center Warns Parents About Halloween and Marijuana Edibles

With Halloween right around the corner, the Washington Poison Center is warning parents to be on the look-out for marijuana-edibles that may be mistaken for Halloween candy. A variety of candy-style products exist in the medical marijuana market. Marijuana-edibles can be found in a variety of shapes, sizes, and types that often resemble traditional candies and sweets in their product name and/or appearance, such as b
Read More

Toxic Trends Report* E-Cigarettes- October 3rd, 2014

The Washington Poison Center has seen an increase in total call volume by over 700% since they hit the market. E-cigarettes contain high concentrations of liquid nicotine which can poison a child with a single mouthful or even by absorption through the skin. Symptoms can range from nausea and vomiting to increased heart rate, seizures, and even death. Manufacturers are not required to put child-resistant caps on thes
Read More

Toxic Trends Report* Cannabis- October 3, 2014

The total number of pediatric and adult marijuana exposures has surpassed that of all of 2013 despite a decrease in marijuana exposures for September. Furthermore, the percentage of kids <1 – 12 years of age has increased since 2013 from 39% to 47% and represents an alarming trend. “The increasing availability of marijuana edibles and lack of child-resistant packaging may ultimately contribute to a further increas
Read More

Toxic Trends Report* E-Cigarettes- August 29, 2014

The phenomenon of “vaping” (using an E-cigarette, which resembles smoking) and availability of E-cigarettes and liquid nicotine has dramatically increased over the past several years across the country. Touted as a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes, E-cigarettes contain high concentrations of liquid nicotine which can poison a child with a single mouthful. The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) has seen a staggerin
Read More

Toxic Trends Report* Cannabis- August 28, 2014

Since retail marijuana stores opened on July 7th, 2014, the Washington Poison Center (WAPC) has been closely monitoring the number of human exposures related to accidental or excessive consumption/inhalation of marijuana and marijuana edibles, particularly in the pediatric population. The WAPC has partnered with the Department of Health and Liquor Control Board to provide real-time surveillance on marijuana exposures
Read More

Toxic Trends Report* E-Cigarettes- July 31, 2014

The phenomenon of “vaping” (using an E-cigarette, which resembles smoking) and availability of E-cigarettes and liquid nicotine has dramatically increased over the past several years across the country. Touted as a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes, E-cigarettes contain high concentrations of liquid nicotine which can easily poison a child. The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) has seen an increase in total calls
Read More

Toxic Trends Report* Cannabis- July 17, 2014

The selling of cannabis for recreational purposes became legalized in the state of Washington on July 7th, 2014. As a direct result, the Washington Poison Center (WAPC) has encountered an increase in the number of human exposures related to accidental or excessive consumption/inhalation of marijuana and marijuana edibles, particularly among pediatrics. This report serves to provide a running snapshot of current expos
Read More

Shellfish Poisoning – “I wonder why the dogs won’t eat the clams”

A young man spent a glorious summer weekend in the San Juan Islands, enjoying sun, blue sky, a light breeze, deep blue water, the smell of salt spray, and the buzz of partying while camping under the moon on deserted beaches. He traveled by boat with friends to multiple islands, gathering clams and cooking them over an open fire each night. His friends warned him not to eat the clams due to the summer “red tide.” He
Read More