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Medicine Safety

In 2015, 57% of human exposures involved medications, or pharmaceuticals. Most over-the-counter and prescription medicines can be helpful when taken as directed. However, when not taken properly, medicines can be harmful, and in some cases deadly. Medication errors can occur at any age, which is why it’s important for everyone...

National Poison Prevention Week

Why is it necessary to devote one whole week every March to promoting poison prevention? A look at the numbers provides an explanation. In 2016, the Indiana Poison Center received 55,528 requests for assistance (averaging 152.1 cases per day). In addition, the staff of the Poison Center placed 84,615 calls to patients and health...

HOT TIPS FOR STAYING POISON SAFE THIS WINTER

When it's too cold to play outside, children are often left to find their own adventures indoors.  It's all part of cabin fever - being cooped up and having to make do with indoor activities.  Adults experience it and so do the kids. Don't forget....

Preventing Home Heating Disasters

Now that colder weather is here, you’ve probably already flipped the thermostat switch to heat your home. Be careful—if you haven’t had your heating system inspected, your family could be in danger. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports hundreds of Americans...

Acetaminophen

Did You Know? Acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol as well as many common over-the-counter products.  It can work well for pain and fever, but you need to be sure not to take too much of this since Acetaminophen can damage the liver.  Always read the ingredients...

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