National Poison Prevention Week
March 15-21, 2015

CPCS Newsletter


Winter 2015
Vol. 13 No. 1
Acute Cyanide Poisoning
Acute cyanide exposure is an uncommon exposure the majority of which are unintentional but often results in cardiovascular embarrassment when it occurs.....

Fall 2014
Vol. 12 No. 4
Scombroid Fish Poisoning
Scombroid poisoning, or histamine fish poisoning, is a type of food poisoning that is similar to symptoms of seafood allergies. The term “scombroid” derives from the type of fish (i.e. Scombridae) first implicated, such as tuna and mackerel”.....

Summer 2014
Vol. 12 No. 3
Levamisole-contaminated Cocaine
In 2003 the Drug Enforcement Agency first detected levamisole in cocaine bricks. In 2008 officials in Alberta, Canada identified a cluster of unexplained cases of agranulocytosis related to cocaine contaminated with levamisol.....


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


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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