Tag "Drug and Poison Information Center"

It’s the time of year when many people like to clean and organize their homes.  This often involves throwing out unwanted items, including prescription medications. It is important to dispose of unused and expired medicines safely to help avoid accidental › Continue Reading

The Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) at Cincinnati Children’s is a 24-hour emergency and information telephone service for anyone with concerns about poisons or drugs. The best way to be prepared for poison emergencies is by programming the › Continue Reading

The American Association of Poison Control Centers is seeing a 20 percent increase in calls related to heroin from a year ago. The reason is a highly toxic mixture of heroin and carfentanil, a tranquilizer used on large animals, such › Continue Reading

The Drug Enforcement Administration recently announced its intention to ban the chemicals contained in kratom, an herbal supplement that has been widely used as a way to self-treat chronic pain and a number of other conditions. By the end of the › Continue Reading

The U.S. Drug Enforcement agency (DEA) is warning first responders and others who are around addicts about the dangers of fentanyl exposure. Fentanyl is commonly laced in heroin, causing significant problems across the country, particularly as heroin abuse has increased. › Continue Reading

Cincinnati Children’s Drug and Poison Information Center is receiving more calls related to Kratom, a substance that can have opioid effects if taken in high enough dosages. The substance is legal, cheap, and relatively easy to obtain, which is why › Continue Reading

On November 3, Ohioans will vote on Issue 3, which would legalize recreational and medical marijuana. Patricia Klein, PharmD, MPH, CSPI, discusses the medical concerns for children exposed to marijuana. Most of Klein’s concerns surround the regulation and packing of › Continue Reading

Ohioans Against Marijuana Monopolies brought together Cincinnati-area healthcare, business and religious leaders for a press conference at Cincinnati Children’s to voice opposition to State Issue 3, which will be on the November 3 ballot. “Those of us who are in › Continue Reading

Cincinnati Children’s and other members of the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association are opposed to the constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana and are urging Ohioans to vote no on November 3. Organizers are concerned making marijuana readily available will put children’s lives › Continue Reading

Jerry Wiesenhahn, a pharmacist and poison information specialist at Cincinnati Children’s, recently shared what parents should do in cases of accidental poisonings at home. He also offered information on common poisonous household items. “If anything happens that causes you concern › Continue Reading

My kids love picnics. There’s something exciting about being in the fresh air and enjoying a meal in the great outdoors. The usual foods my family eats every day seem far more delicious when eaten on a blanket in the › Continue Reading

A deadly combination of heroin and fentanyl, known as “killer heroin,” is becoming more evident in Butler County, and Robert Goetz, a pharmacist with the Drug and Poison Information Center at Cincinnati Children’s, says the drug is 50 to 100 › Continue Reading

Jerry Wiesenhahn, a specialist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Drug and Poison Information Center, demonstrated on FOX 19 how to prevent children from accidentally ingesting harmful medication. Read tips on how to prevent poisoning and watch the video at FOX 19 › Continue Reading

With more adults taking medicine for diseases like diabetes and hypertension, those same medications are being linked to increasing rates of pediatric poisonings, according to a new study. Poisonings among children and teens are most strongly correlated with hypoglycemics or › Continue Reading

The circumstances surrounding the tragic accidental death of an 11-month old Middletown, Ohio boy after possibly ingesting prescription pills is a sobering reminder to parents about the importance of keeping medication out of the reach of children. According to a › Continue Reading

There’s one common household poison even the most cautious parent can’t keep locked away where the kids can’t reach it: Carbon monoxide. Every year in the U.S., about 500 people are fatally poisoned by the colorless, odorless, tasteless gas and › Continue Reading

It’s the end of October and everyone is buzzing about Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating. It’s such a fun time of year, but as our doctors and experts in the Drug and Poison Information Center remind us, it’s also a time › Continue Reading