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Washington Poison Center announces a newly updated Takebackyourmed.org website

SEATTLE, November 28, 2016 – The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) announced that it is now the owner and curator of the statewide medication return website, http://www.takebackyourmeds.org/ and its social media pages. In an effort to increase awareness and expand its use across Washington State, the WAPC will incorporate Take Back Your Meds into existing statewide education outreach programs and harm reduction efforts
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Position Available: Health Education and Outreach Specialist

This position has been filled. A collaborative and supportive environment, the Washington Poison Center (WAPC) is looking for an education and communications specialist to join our team of two health educators and provide outreach to Western and Central Washington out of our office in Seattle, WA.  A 501c3 non-profit corporation, the WAPC is the accredited poison control center serving the entire state of Washington.
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WAPC welcomes new medical director

SEATTLE, SEPTEMBER 7, 2016 – The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) welcomed its new medical director, Dr. Erica Liebelt, on September 1. A pediatric toxicologist, Dr. Liebelt will also serve as a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. As medical director, Dr. Liebelt will report to the WAPC Board of Directors and provide medical oversight ensuring the poison information spe
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Seasonal Health Alert: Lawn and Garden Care Safety Tips

MAY 2, 2016 — Warmer weather and sunshine brings forth a bounty of new plant life; however, the products used to care for gardens and lawns can contain potentially toxic chemicals. To ensure the safety of your home, children, and pets, here are some products and safety tips to be aware of. Pesticide: a pesticide is a substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigatin
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Surprise! One more Contest Runner Up!

SEATTLE, MARCH 25, 2016 — Surprise! We’ve added a fourth runner up in this year’s poster contest! Congratulations to Sarah Beaumont, age 11, of Crownhill Elementary School in Bremerton! See the artwork of Sarah, the 3 other runners up, and Aaron, our grand prize winner, below.   Sarah Beaumont, age 11, of Crownhill Elementary School in Bremerton     Karla Fox, age 10 of Seattle  
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And the Winner Is…

SEATTLE, MARCH 10, 2016 – And the winner is…. The Washington Poison Center is excited to announce that this year’s winner of the annual statewide Poison Prevention Week Poster Contest is Aaron Baltazar, a 6 year-old first grader from Smith Elementary School in Grandview, WA. Aaron’s vibrant poster was selected as the winner from over 150 submissions from kids all across the state. His art will be shared with organiza
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Position Available: Education and Emergency Preparedness Specialist

The Washington Poison Center is currently accepting applications for an Education and Emergency Preparedness Specialist. The Washington Poison Center is a 501c3 corporation.We are a certified poison center located in Seattle. This position is located in Spokane. The position is a 0.8-1.0 FTE with the following job requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Public Health or Education, with two or more years of experience in H
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Severe Weather, Power Outages, and Carbon Monoxide

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2015 — Western Washington is currently experiencing high winds and power outages across the region, and the same weather system is expected to cause high winds later today in Eastern Washington. Power outages, specifically the use of generators and alternative indoor heating methods, can potentially lead to harmful exposures of carbon monoxide gas. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless
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Seasonal Health Alert — Mushrooms

SEATTLE, NOVEMBER 9, 2016 – The fall mushroom season has begun in the Pacific Northwest Region, and as a result, in the last two months, the Washington Poison Center (WAPC) has handled 10 mushroom exposure cases. With this uptick in calls, the WAPC has posted a seasonal health alert discouraging anyone from ingesting foraged mushrooms unless 100% certain of their identity. Please follow the link to the WAPC web
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Seasonal Health Alert Halloween

Halloween is upon us, and the Washington Poison Center has some tips for families and adults alike to stay safe this week! Check out the flyer below from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) and visit our Brochures and Factsheets page to download Halloween safety tips in English or Spanish!
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Season Health Alert — Carbon Monoxide

Seasonal Health Alert — Carbon Monoxide SEATTLE, OCTOBER 15, 2016 – Fall has begun bringing rain and a chill to the air, and furnaces and household heaters will soon be coming on. However, with the warmth comes the potential for carbon monoxide exposures. Please follow the link to see the whole seasonal health alert. Seasonal Health Alert – Carbon Monoxide Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless ga
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New webpage for Older Adults!!

Over the summer, WAPC hosted an education intern! Our student, from the University of Washington, specifically focused on how the poison center can better reach out to and serve Washington’s population of older adults. After several weeks of research and conversation with other organizations, we put together some new resources. We’ve been fortunate enough to share our resources with a few organizations so
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Washington Poison Center Honors Scott Hogan with William O. Robertson Award

Washington Poison Center Honors Scott Hogan with William O. Robertson Award SEATTLE, SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 – The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) has given the William O. Robertson, MD Award for Making a Difference in Poison Prevention to Scott Hogan. For over 20 years Mr. Hogan has served as the liaison between the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Washington Poison Center and played a key role i
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Position Available: Administrative Assistant

The Washington Poison and Drug Information Center (WAPC) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Administrative Assistant.  This is a part time position. We ask your assistance in sharing this exciting opportunity. The Washington Poison Center is a 501c3 corporation. We are a certified poison center located in Seattle. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for handling front office reception and adm
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Position Available: Education and Communications Specialist

The Washington Poison and Drug Information Center (WAPC) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Education and Communications Specialist.  We ask your assistance in sharing this exciting opportunity. The Washington Poison Center is a 501c3 corporation. We are a certified poison center located in Seattle. The position is a 1.0 FTE with the following job requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Education or Commu
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Position Available: Medical Director

The Washington Poison and Drug Information Center (WAPC) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Medical Director.  We ask your assistance in sharing this exciting opportunity. Duties of the Medical Director include: Medical Oversight of the WAPC Staff On-Call Medical Consultation and Scheduling of Back Up support Medical Education including Staff, Professional Education and Health Care Provider Education
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Job Description: Clinical Managing Director – Full Time (40 Hours)

The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) is seeking qualified applicants for Clinical Managing Director. The clinical managing director is a hands-on leader with excellent communication and time management skills. She/he, in collaboration with administrative and physician directors, provides clinical management direction and leadership of the WAPC’s highly trained call center staff. This includes developing and maintainin
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Fun Facts

Every year people ask me, “How many calls about <> did you get?” or “How many poisonings did <> cause?”  I could give you the numbers; but unless you have something to compare it to, numbers are hard to wrap your head around. If I tell you that 43,153 of the calls the poison center (PC) handled last year were medications, this is just a big number. If I tell you 51.7% of the calls handled were about medic
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