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Holiday hazards are all around us. Be prepared by keeping the poison center number handy: 1-800-222-1222.
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When to Call Us

Almost anything can be poisonous if it's used in the wrong way , in the wrong amount, or by the wrong person. If you suspect a poisoning, don't take a chance. Call 1-800-222-1222.

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Alerts & Latest Hazards

Dangerous Hand Sanitizer Brands Identified by FDA

The FDA has identified more than 100 brands of hand sanitizer labeled to contain ethanol or isopropyl alcohol but have tested positive for methanol or 1-propanol contamination. These are not acceptable ingredients for hand sanitizer products marketed in the United States and can be toxic and life-threatening when ingested. FDA has expanded its do-not-use list of hand sanitizers to include hand sanitizers that are or may be contaminated. Check the list for products you may have at home and stop use of hand sanitizers on this list immediately. 

If you have questions or concerns about hand sanitizer exposures call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Oregon Poison Center Warns Against Dangerous COVID-19 Remedies

There are no supplements, medications or remedies that are known to be effective in treating or preventing COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.  Unfortunately, many of the remedies that are being circulated among social media users may be very harmful. Several Americans have developed severe toxicity from chloroquine obtained through non-medical sources. While hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are being studied in the United States and worldwide, they must be administered under a physician’s supervision to avoid toxicity and even death. Other remedies, including ingesting bleach, ingesting hydrogen peroxide, or using supplements in excess, including colloidal silver or vitamin D, may be dangerous and have long-term health effects. Read Oregon Poison Center's full statement about dangerous COVID-19 remedies. See the sections below for more information about emerging products of concern.  

Oleandrin

Read the joint statement by the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, American College of Medical Toxicology and the American Association of Poison Control Centers caution about the proposed use of oleandrin for treatment of COVID-19.

Cleaning products and disinfectants

Read the joint statement by the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, American College of Medical Toxicology and the American Association of Poison Control Centers caution about use of cleaning products and disinfectants.

Hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine and self-medicating with remedies from non-medical sources

Watch Dr. Hendrickson's interview with KGW 8 and learn more about hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine and why self-medicating with remedies from non-medical sources is dangerous. 

Read the joint statement by the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, American College of Medical Toxicology and the American Association of Poison Control Centers caution about toxicity from hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine.  

Download or view, What You Should Know About Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine - an FAQ from Maryland Poison Center 

Self-medicating is dangerous. Oregon Poison Center warns not to self-medicate by ingesting: hydroxycholorquine or chloroquine, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, excess colloidal silver, excess vitamin D, are anything purported to be a COVID-19 medication.
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