Category Archives: poison center/toxicology

E-cigarette dangers go beyond cancer

  The use of electronic cigarettes is higher among high school students than adults, a trend that alarms U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD. E-cigarettes contain a concentrated and more potent dose of nicotine than tobacco cigarettes, which is particularly … Continue reading

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Warning: Liquid nicotine can be lethal

BY AMBER SMITH A Mohawk Valley toddler got ahold of an uncapped container of “Heartland Vapes,” a liquid nicotine product. He drank some. Within minutes, the 18-month-old boy was vomiting. Then the seizures started. His heart stopped beating by the time the … Continue reading

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To avoid withdrawal, she nearly died: Former addict warns of the dangers of antidiarrheal drug

BY JIM HOWE Katharine “Kate” Rayland never intended to become addicted to – and nearly die from – an over-the-counter drug designed to prevent diarrhea. She developed a potentially fatal heart problem and landed in the intensive care unit at … Continue reading

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6 answers about heroin

Who uses heroin? Experts from the Upstate New York Poison Center say that some users turn to heroin because it is cheaper than prescription pain medicine. They may inject it, inhale it by snorting or sniffing, or smoke it. About … Continue reading

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13 things I learned from the fall issue of Upstate Health

The pages of the fall 2016 Upstate Health magazine are loaded with important information and a few surprises. If you’re not on our mailing list, you should be. Send an email with your name and mailing address to magazine@upstate.edu with “Upstate … Continue reading

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Meth lab dangers: Exposure can cause lasting effects

BY AMBER SMITH Rescuers whose jobs take them to clandestine methamphetamine labs risk exposure to chemicals that can cause what appears to be permanent damage to their memory-making ability. Specialists in anesthesiology and neurology at Upstate Medical University tell about … Continue reading

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Safe houses: 11 things emergency doctors ban from their homes

BY AMBER SMITH Doctors at Upstate University Hospital’s emergency department are on the front lines of the mayhem and mishaps that befall young Central New Yorkers. They care for people with every imaginable injury or illness at their workplace, the … Continue reading

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Helping newborns by helping moms off drugs

BY AMBER SMITH One quarter of the babies born in Onondaga County have been exposed to an opioid drug of some sort in the womb, making for one of the highest rates of newborn drug exposure in New York state. … Continue reading

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What is so enticing about heroin?

  Opioid analgesics such as heroin relieve pain by altering your perception of pain signals from your body. They are “enticing” because they are also able to stimulate an area in your brain associated with reward, which leads the user … Continue reading

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How to safely keep — and dispose of — medications in your home

Storing medications securely Children, the elderly and anyone who takes more than three medications are at greatest risk of taking the wrong medicine or the wrong dose of medicine. To help reduce the risk of medication error, pediatric pharmacists from … Continue reading

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