News (2021)

See how the Maryland Poison Center is making headlines across the state of Maryland and beyond in 2021.

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Recent News:

Chemical structures of Venlafaxine and Tramadol

Tramadol revisited Spotlighted in March Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits
Date Published: March 18, 2021
Tramadol was first available in the United States in March 1995 and assigned
as a schedule IV substance in 2014. Tramadol shares structural similarities with
venlafaxine, and therefore inhibits serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake
(SNRI).

Traditional Mr. Yuk sticker with a birthday hat on

Mr. Yuk's 50th Birthday Highlighted in March/April Issue of MPC's Poison Prevention Press
Date Published: March 17, 2021
Mr. Yuk celebrates his 50th birthday in 2021! The familiar green face was created at the Pittsburgh Poison Center in 1971. Dr. Richard Moriarty, the founder of the Pittsburgh Poison Center, wanted to create a symbol that could help prevent poisonings in children. Read more...

National Poison Prevention Week 2021 main image

Maryland Poison Center Celebrates National Poison Prevention Week
Date Published: March 1, 2021
Observed March 21-27, National Poison Prevention Week helps raise awareness about the dangers of poisonings and promotes steps that everyone can take to prevent them. Read more...

National Poison Prevention Week 2021 main image

National Poison Prevention Week Spotlighted in February Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits
Date Published: February 17, 2021
National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW) is March 21-27, 2021. Join the Maryland Poison Center (MPC) in using this week to encourage the public to take steps to prevent poisonings and to be prepared if a poisoning occurs. Read more...

Purple Colchicum Autumnae flower in grass 

Colchicine Spotlighted in January Issue of MPC's ToxTidbits
Date Published: January 20, 2021
Colchicine is a naturally occurring alkaloid compound harvested from the autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale) with use as a natural remedy dating back to 550 A.D. Despite therapeutic benefits, colchicine is extremely toxic in overdose and after drug interactions that inhibit colchicine clearance. Read more...

Carbon Monoxide word cloud with characteristics of carbon monoxide, sources of carbon monoxide, and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon Monoxide Highlighted in Jan./Feb. Issue of MPC's Poison Prevention Press
Date Published: January 19, 2021
January is the deadliest month for carbon monoxide (CO) poisonings. Although they can happen year-round, CO poisonings occur more often during the winter months, as colder temperatures cause people to use furnaces and other heaters. Read more...