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CPCS Newsletter


Fall 2013
Vol. 11 No. 3
Atypical Antipsychotics
The use of antipsychotics began in the 1950’s after it was realized that chlorpromazine, an antihistamine, had a potent calming effect on mentation.....

Summer 2013
Vol. 11 No. 2
Inhalant Abuse
Inhalant abuse describes the practice of inhaling vapors for the purpose of intoxication. Inhalant abuse is a growing practice, particularly among adolescents.....

Spring 2013
Vol. 11 No. 1
Synthetic Cannabinoids
Synthetic cannabinoid (SC) compounds were originally developed to study the pharmacology of cannabinoid receptors. However in recent years, they have emerged as drugs of abuse. Synthetic cannabinoids first emerged in Europe in 2005.....


Previous Newsletters

Biological Threats
How to Handle Anthrax and other Biological Agent Threats
October 12, 2001
By the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"Ecstasy" Dangers
Local Death, Life-threatening Reactions to "Ecstasy"
June 5, 2001
"A recent increase in severe reactions to the street drug "Ecstasy" has prompted CPCS to renew alerts about the drug's dangers..."

Health Care Professionals

Know Your Plants  (pdf 388kb)

Downloadable Antidote Chart [Updated 3-6-12] (11"x17" - pdf 72kb)


Poisonings continue to be a leading cause of injury. Your dedication to prevent these poisonings is greatly appreciated.

Available for order, specifically targeted to health care providers:

  • Poisoning & Drug Overdose -- from
    6th edition (2011) McGraw-Hill.

    Edited by Kent R. Olson, MD, FACEP (California Poison Control Center; University of California, San Francisco Division, San Francisco).

    Cover Key Benefit: This is the leading manual on the diagnosis, management, and treatment of poisonings and drug overdoses, including chemical and occupational exposures. The manual is designed in outline format, making it perfect for quick reference. Key Topics: The book is divided into four sections. Section 1 focuses on diagnosis. Section 2 provides information on approximately 150 common poisons. Section 3 describes the use and side effects of common antidotes. Section 4 describes focuses on occupational illnesses and the management of industrial problems. Market: Emergency physicians, family physicians, pediatricians, residents, medical students, nurses, nursing students, paramedics, pharmacy students, forensic toxicologists.

    “Poisoning & Drug Overdose belongs in every emergency physician’s workroom.” --Academic Emergency Medicine

    “…a great addition to any emergency department library when rapid reference is needed to treat and diagnose the poisoned patient.” -- Annals of Emergency Medicine


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