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Check out this photo of the Oregon Poison Center‘s safety booth at the Oregon Zoo event "Safe Kids at the Zoo" on May 3, 2014.

This is a yearly event, so look for it next year if you want to learn about poison safety and lots of other lifesaving safety topics.

This year we taught THOUSANDS [yes, thousands] of kids and their parents how to be poison safe. Over 9900 people came through the 12 safety booths – a new record!

The weather was perfect, and our booth had a wonderful group of volunteers from OSU School of Pharmacy, OHSU, and the Oregon Poison Center – yeah team!

Further Cuts to Federal Funding for Poison Centers Will Jeopardize Services

ALEXANDRIA, VA – About 80 leaders from America’s poison centers recently visited Capitol Hill to deliver a strong message about the importance of the nation’s poison center network and to urge lawmakers to support federal funding for the system, according to Marsha Ford, MD, FACMT, FACEP,president of the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Read the complete article HERE

Synthetic Cannabinoids and Renal Failure

The Oregon Poison Center is currently involved in an investigation with Multnomah County and Oregon Public Health agencies as well as the DEA and CDC because of a several cases of renal failure in patients who chronically smoke a synthetic cannabinoid product.  There have been several cases reported across the country and the Poison Center is interested in hearing about any case that a clinician feels may fit.

Synthetic cannabinoids are synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists that are applied to organic matter and sold under the guise of potpourri. The material is smoked similar to marijuana.  The effects are euphoria as well as agitation, tachycardia, and occasional seizures.  In the cases with renal failure, patients have been smoking synthetic cannabinioids for days to weeks and develop acute renal failure with acute tubular necrosis or acute interstitial nephritis. Most cases have occurred after smoking "watermelon" or "blueberry" labeled (and smelling) Spice products.

If you have a case that might fit, the Oregon Poison Center would like to know.  Please call 1 800 222-1222 to report the case.  We will work with Public Health and the other agencies directly.

Poison Centers Issue Statement on Passage of Synthetic Drug Amendment

ALEXANDRIA, VA. – The American Association of Poison Control Centers and the experts at America's 57 poison centers are hailing the U.S. Senate for its recent passage of the synthetic drug amendment attached to the Food and Drug Administration user fee program reauthorization bill (Senate Bill 3187). 

Poison Centers Issue Warning About Concentrated Packets of Laundry Detergent

The American Association of Poison Control Centers and the experts at America's 57 poison centers are urging the public, especially parents, to keep highly concentrated "single dose packs" of laundry detergent up and away from children, according to Debbie Carr, AAPCC executive director.

Are You Aware

Every 13 seconds, U.S. Poison Centers receives a call about someone being exposed to a poison. Over 50% of these emergencies involve a child under five years of age. 

The Oregon Poison Center would like to wish you and your family health and happiness.  Prevent accidental poisonings and keep your family safe.  Follow this link for more ways to prevention poisonings in your home. Remember that your regional poison center is here to help eliminate thousands of costly emergency room visits by providing free and confidential poison assistance to callers on a poison hotline; 1 800 222-1222.

Your Regional Poison Center

The Oregon Poison Center (OPC) is located on the campus of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. We are a 24-hour regional poison emergency information and resource center for the public and health care professionals. We serve the citizens of the state of Oregon. As a regional poison center, we also provide service to Alaska, and the island of Guam.

The Oregon Poison Center, as a provider of 24-hour poison center services to our region has the following core mission and vision.

Our Mission

Our mission is to prevent poisonings and to minimize adverse effects of exposures to drugs, poisons, chemicals and natural toxins.  To guide effective utilization of health care resources by serving the public, health care providers and public health agencies, through telephone advice and consultation, educational outreach, research and emergency response planning.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be the regional leader for excellence in poison prevention, education, research and treatment.

The Oregon Poison Center Web site is a free service. Its goal is to provide information about poisons. This site is a resource separate from our emergency telephone service.

The Oregon Poison Center Web site is NOT a substitute for talking with a trained Poison Specialist. 

In the case of an emergency, you should always contact your regional poison control center 1 800 222-1222 or 911 emergency services for help.