Tag "drug and poison control"

As a parent of three teenagers, I worry about a lot of things. At the top of that list are the challenges they face as they begin making their own decisions. Adolescents and young adults have a tremendous amount of › Continue Reading

This week is National Poison Prevention Week! And while it’s a perfect time to raise awareness about the dangers of certain substances and how to avoid them, the information gleaned from the week is important to be cognizant of all › Continue Reading

There’s a whole new set of things for parents to think about when their children become teenagers. Often at the top of the list are mood-altering or health-damaging substances, such as drugs, alcohol and tobacco. As both a parent of › Continue Reading

Conversations about the legalization of marijuana are taking place in households all over the country right now, including here in Ohio. Approved medical marijuana products in Ohio include the oil, tincture, capsule or edible form, all of which can be › Continue Reading

Working at the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), I answer questions from callers about accidental exposures to harmful substances. Particularly around the holidays, we’ll receive an uptick in calls about accidental alcohol ingestion in kids.  Alcohol is potentially toxic to children, and › Continue Reading

As the weather grows cooler, more and more of us will be outside enjoying the crisp fall air.  I was hiking over the weekend with my family and couldn’t help but notice the lush greenery along the trials. But what › Continue Reading

If you are like me, you may feel like this summer has flown by! My family just finished our back-to-school supply shopping and are gearing up for another year. As I passed through the rows of gel pens, disinfecting wipes, › Continue Reading

Staying current on teenage trends is a fleeting task – as soon as we learn about one, they’re onto something else. However, there is one trend that I want to flag for parents if you haven’t heard about it already: › Continue Reading

Warning Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Carbon monoxide is appropriately dubbed the silent killer: it is invisible, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating. Initial signs of CO poisoning include vomiting, dizziness, headache, and confusion, which can be mistaken for the flu. More › Continue Reading

If you have school-age kids, it’s likely that they have mentioned, made, or mashed homemade slime at some point in the past several months. The craze is real: Kids all over the U.S. are enjoying making slime at home. The › Continue Reading

Unless you live in a region of the United States that’s known for venomous snakes, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about snake bites. But knowing how to prevent them and what to do if bitten are › Continue Reading

For many, spring cleaning is a time to open the windows and do a little scrubbing and organizing. For others, it’s time to get the yard in shape. Whether you’re tackling inside or outside of your home, the first day of › Continue Reading

It’s been a few years since I outlined 8 Facts Parents Need to Know About E-Cigarettes in a previous blog post. Unfortunately since then, their use has continued to grow among teens. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse › Continue Reading

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently enhanced their warning against the use of codeine in children. This is due to increased concerns about the drug’s potentially dangerous side effects in some patients and lack of effectiveness in others. Codeine › Continue Reading

Being a parent and a pharmacist in the Drug & Poison Information Center (DPIC), I have a unique perspective on Halloween. I love the costumes and excitement of Hallow’s Eve, but because I have worked the hotline on this night › Continue Reading

The past few weeks have been confusing for some parents who have kids going through the teething phase. I’ve witnessed this first hand when answering calls for the Drug and Poison Information Center. Overwhelmingly, the most frequently asked question is: “I’ve given my › Continue Reading

Fall is here and that means it’s time to start prepping our yards for the colder weather. At our house, that means fertilizing the lawn and having the house sprayed for those pesky bugs that like to come inside to › Continue Reading

As parents, we could spend all of our days and nights worrying about our kids’ safety and the potential things that may harm them. One of the ways I think we can put our minds at ease, at least somewhat, › Continue Reading

As many parents can probably attest, giving medications to kids can be challenging. For some kids, the medication is yucky and they refuse to take it. From the parent perspective, giving the proper dose can be tricky, especially when it’s › Continue Reading

The issue of prescription drug abuse in the United States has been well documented. What might be surprising for some parents, however, is how common adolescents misuse prescription medications and/or believe that they can safely experiment with them. The statistics › Continue Reading

For many parents the morning starts with a good cup of coffee. Most of us are probably aware that caffeine can be found in some plants and is widely used in food, drinks, and over the counter and prescription products. › Continue Reading

You might have seen someone using this device at a restaurant, baseball game, or even on an airplane.  E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, simulate tobacco smoking but do not contain tobacco.  E-cigarettes work by vaporizing a liquid solution.  This solution is › Continue Reading

If you haven’t heard of “sizzurp,” your teen most likely has. It’s also referred to as “purple drank,” “syrup,” or “lean” – as in it will make you lean over. While the drink has been around for a while, it › Continue Reading

The dangers of acetaminophen overdose and the damaging effects to the liver have been known for some time. I published a paper on it in the Journal of Pediatrics in 1998 as a part of the Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition › Continue Reading

I love decorating our home for the holidays, and my kids really get into it too. Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, we pull out the decorations from the attic and add a little holiday cheer to each room. › Continue Reading