Number of poisonings is up

    The number of poisonings is up...but the number of Poison Control Centers in the U.S. is going down...budget cuts.

    A recent study in Archives of Internal Medicine shows this is penny wise but pound foolish. Poison centers save emergency costs and improve outcomes.

    Three toddlers recently died after ingesting small amounts of OTC anesthetic ointments containing dibucaine (Nupercainal, etc).

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