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September 18, 2017

(The Daily Nonpareil/ Jon Leu) According to a new study published in the Journal of Hepatology, 500 people are expected to die this year after taking over-the-counter drugs containing acetaminophen. The study noted that the common pain reliever causes 46 percent of all cases of liver failure in the United...
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July 17, 2017

(Des Moines Register / Charly Haley) Four Iowa health and public safety agencies issued a warning Monday about counterfeit pain pills recently found in Iowa. The fake pain pills have been confirmed by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation in un unspecified number of cases. These pills were made to...
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July 17, 2017

(The Gazette, Cedar Rapids / Lee Hermiston) DES MOINES — State officials are warning Iowans about fake pain pills containing powerful and illegal opiates. According to the advisory issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health, Department of Public Safety, Poison Control Center and Office of Drug Control Policy, the...
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July 17, 2017

(RadioIowa / O. Kay Henderson) Four of the state’s health and crime-fighting agencies are issuing a public warning about fake but very dangerous pain killers that have popped up in Iowa. Dr. Edward Bottei of the Poison Control Center in Sioux City says they’re made to look like legitimate pills....
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July 17, 2017

(KCCI - TV Des Moines) The Iowa Department of Public Health, Department of Public Safety, Poison Control Center and Office of Drug Control policy issued an advisory Monday to warn Iowans of a new synthetic opioid drug threat recently discovered in Iowa. The fake pain pills have been confirmed by...
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December 9, 2016

(Quad City Times/AP News) DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state official is crediting increased training and the use of overdose antidotes for the decline in deaths from heroin and pain-pill use in Iowa over the last two years. A report released by the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy...
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December 9, 2016

(Des Moines Register/Tony Leys) Iowa got a rare piece of good news about heroin and pain-pill abuse Thursday: The number of Iowans dying from overdoses of those drugs has dropped significantly in the past two years, after spiking to record highs over the previous decade. The state's top expert believes...
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November 30, 2016

(Daily Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, IA / Tim Johnson) With batteries in practically everything, it’s important to keep track of what toddlers are putting in their mouths. Button batteries – those small, disc-shaped batteries used in cameras, watches, key fobs and some remote-control units and toys – can pose a risk...
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October 24, 2016

(The Daily Iowan/Isabella Senno) It’s winter’s invisible killer. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless poisonous gas that is virtually undetectable by our senses. With the weather getting colder, the risk of poisoning in homes goes up. “The interesting thing about carbon monoxide is that you don’t know that...
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June 15, 2016

(The Valley News/ Tim Johnson) Accidents happen, right? But when the accident is a poison exposure, it can be fatal. “Poisoning continues to be the leading cause of injury death in the United States, ahead of car accidents and gun-related fatalities,” said Stephen T. Kaminski, CEO and executive director of...
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