Iowa Poison Control Center
24 Hours / 7 Days a Week 1.800.222.1222

News & Alerts - 2016 Archive

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...
Read More

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...
Read More

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...
Read More

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...
Read More

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...
Read More

June 13, 2016

(Daily Gate City/Des Moines) DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health, Department of Public Safety, Poison Control Center and Office of Drug Control are warning Iowans of an emerging new synthetic drug threat believed to have contributed to recent accidental drug overdoses in states such as Kansas, as...
Read More

June 12, 2016

(The Daily Nonpareil/ Jon Leu) U-4770 chemical diagram The Iowa Department of Public Health, Department of Public Safety, Poison Control Center and Office of Drug Control policy are warning Iowans of an emerging new synthetic drug threat believed to have contributed to recent accidental drug overdose deaths in other states...
Read More

June 10, 2016

(The Gazette/ Chelsea Keenan) U-47700 nearly eight times more powerful than morphine Video Photo A new synthetic opioid nearly eight times more potent than morphine has made its way to Eastern Iowa, with one individual overdosing on the drug, according to state public health and law enforcement officials. The person...
Read More

May 24, 2016

(Sioux City Journal / Dolly Butz) Going into the woods and foraging for wild mushrooms has grown in popularity in the United States in recent years, but selecting the wrong mushroom could put your health in jeopardy, so be picky. Tammy Noble, a registered nurse and education coordinator for the...
Read More

May 18, 2016

(KCAU-TV Sioux City / Bria Bell) Synthetic drugs are still an issue for Sioux City A popular drug among teens has Sioux City law officials working to get a handle on K2. It's not an easy task as the ingredients for the illegal synthetic drug are constantly changing, making it...
Read More
© 2017 IPCC. All Rights Reserved.