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Spring 2017
Vol. 15 No. 2
Botulism is a potentially fatal neurological disease, resulting from botulinum neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulinum and other Clostridium species.

Winter 2017
Vol. 15 No. 1
Cardioactive steroids or cardiac glycosides are naturally‐occurring compounds identified in various plant and animal species. Self-poisoning with plants is a major problem in certain parts of the world such as rural Asia, killing thousands of people each year. One of the most common poisons used for.....

Fall 2016
Vol. 14 No. 4
Ciguatera is one of the more common causes of fish-related foodborne illness in the United States. It is caused by toxins that accumulate in the flesh of large predatory fish found in tropical oceans. The name ciguatera is derived from the Spanish name cigua for the sea snail Turbo pica found in the Caribbean Spanish Antilles....

Previous Newsletters

Biological Threats
How to Handle Anthrax and other Biological Agent Threats
October 12, 2001
By the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"Ecstasy" Dangers
Local Death, Life-threatening Reactions to "Ecstasy"
June 5, 2001
"A recent increase in severe reactions to the street drug "Ecstasy" has prompted CPCS to renew alerts about the drug's dangers..."

Health Care Professionals


Poisonings continue to be a leading cause of injury. Your dedication to prevent these poisonings is greatly appreciated.

Available for order, specifically targeted to health care providers:

  • Poisoning & Drug Overdose -- from
    6th edition (2011) McGraw-Hill.

    Edited by Kent R. Olson, MD, FACEP (California Poison Control Center; University of California, San Francisco Division, San Francisco).

    Cover Key Benefit: This is the leading manual on the diagnosis, management, and treatment of poisonings and drug overdoses, including chemical and occupational exposures. The manual is designed in outline format, making it perfect for quick reference. Key Topics: The book is divided into four sections. Section 1 focuses on diagnosis. Section 2 provides information on approximately 150 common poisons. Section 3 describes the use and side effects of common antidotes. Section 4 describes focuses on occupational illnesses and the management of industrial problems. Market: Emergency physicians, family physicians, pediatricians, residents, medical students, nurses, nursing students, paramedics, pharmacy students, forensic toxicologists.

    “Poisoning & Drug Overdose belongs in every emergency physician’s workroom.” --Academic Emergency Medicine

    “…a great addition to any emergency department library when rapid reference is needed to treat and diagnose the poisoned patient.” -- Annals of Emergency Medicine


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