Public Health Alerts
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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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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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Mushrooms- Seasonal Health Alert

While the majority of mushrooms in Washington are nontoxic, several poisonous species grow throughout the state. The Washington Poison Center is consulted annually for cases of mushroom poisoning following mis-identification of toxic species. Some mushroom species in Washington State can produce severe nausea and vomiting, seizures, kidney and liver damage, and death following ingestion. Symptoms from severe or poten
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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
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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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