News and Events

Help us promote National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW) 2016! Here is how:

  • Join our social media channels and participate in all week long talks.
  • Request educational materials and share them with your organization.
  • Donate to your local poison center.

Daily themes: (March 20-26)

Monday: Children Act fast, So Do Poisons

Tuesday: Poison Centers, saving you time and money

Wednesday: Poisonings Span a Lifetime

Thursday: Home Safe Home 

Friday: Medication Safety

For more information regarding NPPW16, you may contact Fiorella Carhuaz, our public educator, at 503-494-2196.

 fiorella educator

 2015 Events

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced 10th National Prescription Take-Back Day. The event took place nationwide on Saturday, September 26th from 10-2 pm. The Oregon Poison Center attended a collection site at Oregon Health & Science University.

10th Annual Dancing in the Square Pow Wow

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The Oregon Poison Center attended the 10th Annual Dancing in the Square Pow Wow. The event took place on September 25th, 2015 12-7 pm at Pioneer Square in Portland, Oregon. Thank you for stopping by our booth!



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.