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The California Poison Control System (CPCS) provides immediate, free and expert treatment advice and referral over the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous or toxic substances.

Pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and poison information providers answer the calls to 1-800-222-1222 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
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Spring 2016 Vol. 14 No. 2
Fentanyl-tainted Street Norco
On March 25, 2016 the Sacramento County Division of Public Health released a drug overdose health alert entitled Fentanyl-Contaminated Street Norco. This report was in response to 12 cases of poisoning from “street” Norco thought to contain fentanyl over the previous 48 hours........

Winter 2016 Vol. 14 No. 1
Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning
Amnesic shellfish Poisoning (ASP) is a potentially deadly illness caused by the toxin domoic acid. Domoic acid is produced by the diatom pseudo-nitzschia, an algae species, and shellfish that eat this algae bioaccumulate domoic acid.......

Fall 2015 Vol. 13 No. 4
Salvia Divinorum
Salvia divinorum is a rare member of the mint family (Labiatae), endemic to a small region of Oaxaca, Mexico. Shamans of the Mazatec Indians of Oaxaca have used the plant for centuries for religious purposes as well as in medicinal practices to treat diarrhea, headache, rheumatism, anemia, and a semi-magical disease known as panzón de Borrego.....

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UCSF The California Poison Control System, managed by the University of California San Francisco, School of Pharmacy, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, consists of four answering sites: UC Davis Medical Center (Sacramento Division), San Francisco General Hospital (San Francisco Division), Children's Hospital Central California (Fresno/Madera Division), UC San Diego Medical Center (San Diego Division). The central administrative office is located at UCSF's Laurel Heights campus in San Francisco. CPCS is a certified member of the American Association of Poison Control Centers.


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Disclaimer: This web site is designed to be informational and educational. Under no circumstance is this web site meant to replace the expert advice of a qualified poison specialist or physician. In the event of a poison emergency, call the nearest poison center immediately by dialing 1-800-222-1222 or contact 9-1-1 emergency services.