Upstate New York Poison Center

Upstate Poison Center

The Upstate Poison Control Center is providing a look at a wide-range of poisoning situations that certified specialists handled in 2019.  Some of the more concerning calls were attributed to the vaping crisis.  Michele Caliva, the Administrative Director  said their toxicologist and clinical director realized the illnesses reported were somehow related.

Upstate New York Poison Center Warns of Common Holiday Hazards

Dec 16, 2019
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The winter holidays usually bring celebrations that include a lot of food and drink.  Upstate New York's Poison Center is  cautioning residents against common hazards this time of the year.

Public Education Coordinator Lee Livermore says people need to watch out for medicine and food poisoning.

“There is a simple method, keep cold food cold and hot food hot. If there a perishable ingredient where if they are left out over an extended period of time, some bacteria might develop,” said Livermore.

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  The Upstate Poison Control Center is receiving an increasing number of calls about toddlers unintentionally ingesting the liquid from E-cigarettes. In 2014 more than 3700 exposures to liquid nicotine were reported to poison control centers nationwide. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports, this year that number has already topped 2200. 

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There’s growing concern among poison control and addiction experts about the possibility that powdered alcohol could hit the shelves in the next few weeks.  It’s essentially freeze-dried alcohol that comes in a pouch equivalent to a shot of hard liquor, and can be re-constituted when added to water. 

   The company that makes it plans to release four varieties of Palcohol, which have been approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.  Upstate New York Poison Center Director Michelle Caliva says there’s just too much potential for intentional misuse…let alone unintentional poisoning.

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Medicine is meant to heal, but the wrong amount can do the opposite.  The Upstate Poison Center is launching a campaign to give parents the tools they need to give their children correct doses.  Director of Public Education and Communication Gail Banach says that many parents just don’t have the right tools.

Senator Charles Schumer has a new plan to cut down on prescription drug abuse.  Re-classifying a certain drug could fight the growing epidemic of prescription drug addiction plaguing Central New York.