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Service Announcement

Beginning July 1, 2024, the Oregon Poison Center will no longer provide poison center services to the Alaska Department of Health. It has been our pleasure to serve the people of Alaska over the last 23 years. We appreciate the collaborative relationships with Alaska’s health care providers, public health department and community partners. Please direct questions regarding this service change to the Alaska Department of Health at 907-334-2596.

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Poison Center News & Alerts

Pediatric fentanyl exposures

The Oregon Poison Center is reporting a sharp increase in the number of Oregon children who were exposed to fentanyl in the last 3 years, and a 449% increase among the same age group nationally, highlighting the devastating impact of the fentanyl crisis on young children. The findings were published this week in a perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read the full statement from the Oregon Poison Center to learn more.

Prevent Opioid Overdoses

Safe Storage. Parents of young children should ensure all medicine, drugs and other potentially poisonous substances are kept up high and out of reach. Locked up is best. Lockboxes, locking bags and other locking devices can keep children safe when these substances are locked up after every use.

Naloxone. People who use illicit drugs or whose loved ones use illicit drugs should take precautions against overdoses, including carrying multiple doses of naloxone, the opioid reversal drug. Naloxone is available at pharmacies in Oregon without a prescription.

Know the signs of an overdose. Signs of an overdose include: small, constricted “pinpoint” pupils; pale, bluish skin; vomiting or foaming at the mouth; slow, shallow breathing; sleepiness or loss of consciousness. Call 9-1-1 right away if someone is unconscious, not breathing, or if naloxone has been given.

Family Education. Teach young children not to put anything in their mouths unless a trusted adult says it’s okay. When visiting another household, make sure medicine and drugs are out of reach or locked up. 


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