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Statement of Support for Governor Inslee’s Executive Order & Opioid Response Plan

Washington’s Gov. Jay Inslee issued an executive order today that brings together state agencies, local public health organizations, law enforcement, tribal governments, and other partners to act on opioids. The executive order identifies key aspects of the state’s current opioid response plan that can be implemented immediately as part of a strategic statewide effort to prevent opioid use disorder and overdose
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Lawn & Garden Care- Seasonal Health Alert

An early happy spring from the Washington Poison Center, and a reminder that many of your lawn and gardening aids contain potentially toxic chemicals, including: Insect killer: organic phosphorus compounds (malathion) Some insect killers contain organic phosphorus compounds. If accidentally ingested or absorbed through the skin, these can cause vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, and can slow t
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Holiday Hazards- Seasonal Health Alert

Happy Holidays from the Washington Poison Center! While this certainly is a wonderful time of the year, it is important to be aware of potentially hazardous exposures this holiday season. Button batteries: These small cylindrical batteries are often found in portable electronics, watches, and hearing aids. They can be removed from these products by small children and ingested. If they become lodged within the esophag
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Keep the Joy in Your Holiday

With the holiday season quickly approaching, many of us are either getting ready to travel or preparing for guests. To spend this time with family and friends and avoid a frantic trip to the emergency room, please take a few moments to think about safety. If you are traveling with young children or pets, look around for dangers. The family or friend you are visiting may not normally need to worry about a curious mind
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Carbon Monoxide- Seasonal Health Alert

The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) received 308 calls in 2013 on carbon monoxide poisonings; 121 of those cases were managed in a healthcare facility. With winter right around the corner and people starting to crank up their heaters, the WAPC has some information to share. What is carbon monoxide? • Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas produced by incomplete combustion of different fuel sources (oil, ga
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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
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Laundry Packet Hazards. Are your children safe?

Poison centers receive many calls each year about children getting into laundry detergents. Swallowing these products often causes mild stomach upset, if there are any symptoms at all. The new highly concentrated single-load liquid laundry detergent packets seem to be different. Single-load liquid laundry packets have become widely available over the past couple of years. Busy parents have found these packets to be a
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Mr. Yuk Goes to College

Don’t forget to send Mr. Yuk off to college with your student as they pack that favorite pillow, the mini-fridge and other essentials!  Why, you may ask, would a college student need Mr. Yuk?  Poisonings can happen to anyone at any age, here are a few possibilities your student may face: Food poisoning; even leftover pizza without meat needs to be refrigerated! Medication errors or interactions, as well as intentiona
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Mr. Yuk Goes to School!

As your child goes through life, Mr. Yuk should always be included, whether just learning to walk and talk, going to pre-school, or starting K-12!  When you fill those backpacks with colored markers, scissors, plastic rulers and spiral bound notebooks make sure you include Mr. Yuk too!  Add a free pencil with our 800-222-1222 number on it to your child’s school supplies. Encourage your child’s teacher or school nurse
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More babies are born in August than any other month!

More babies are born in August than any other month. So, if you are expecting, or have an new baby in the family, now is the perfect time to think about taking steps to make your home poison safe. Babies explore the world by putting things in their mouth and they learn new skills every day.  At 2 months old baby can bring his hands to his mouth. By 4 months she uses her hands and eyes together—she sees a toy, or a br
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