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CPCS Newsletter


Spring 2016
Vol. 14 No. 2
Fentanyl-tainted Street Norco
On March 25, 2016 the Sacramento County Division of Public Health released a drug overdose health alert entitled Fentanyl-Contaminated Street Norco. This report was in response to 12 cases of poisoning from “street” Norco thought to contain fentanyl over the previous 48 hours.....

Winter 2016
Vol. 14 No. 1
Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning
Amnesic shellfish Poisoning (ASP) is a potentially deadly illness caused by the toxin domoic acid. Domoic acid is produced by the diatom pseudo-nitzschia, an algae species, and shellfish that eat this algae bioaccumulate domoic acid......

Fall 2015
Vol. 13 No. 4
Salvia Divinorum
Salvia divinorum is a rare member of the mint family (Labiatae), endemic to a small region of Oaxaca, Mexico. Shamans of the Mazatec Indians of Oaxaca have used the plant for centuries for religious purposes as well as in medicinal practices to treat diarrhea, headache, rheumatism, anemia, and a semi-magical disease known as panzón de Borrego.....


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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