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March 23, 2021

KCAU TV / Digital Exclusive / John Murphy SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – The Iowa Poison Control Center will be spreading awareness to the public as part of National Poison Prevention Week. “Poison prevention pertains to the whole family so, this is our week that we try to promote the...
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March 22, 2021

KQWC / Webster City, IA / Pat Powers This is “Poison Prevention Week” and a spokesperson with the Iowa Poison Control Center in Sioux City says it’s a good time to look under our kitchen sinks and storage areas when it comes to cleaners, medicine, and materials that may fall...
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February 28, 2021

Des Moines Register / Des Moines, IA / Kristin Danley-Greiner The coronavirus pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on most everyone. People have lost their jobs. They’ve been evicted from their apartments for being unable to pay their rent. They’ve wondered where their next meal will come from and worried...
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April 30, 2020

Sioux City Journal - Sioux City, IA - Dolly Butz SIOUX CITY -- Even before President Donald Trump suggested scientists study whether injecting disinfectant into the human body could kill the novel coronavirus, the Iowa Poison Control Center noted a spike in calls concerning harmful exposure to household cleaners and...
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December 6, 2019

KMEG 14 Sioux City/Abbey Taylor SIOUX CITY, Iowa — In most emergencies, people will call 911. While that's fine for car crashes or heart attacks, if it's something like accidentally inhaling cleaning supplies or taking the wrong medication there's a different number you should be calling. "Certainly you should be...
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November 21, 2019

The Iowa Department of Public Health, Department of Public Safety, Poison Control Center and Office of Drug Control Policy are issuing an advisory to health care providers regarding the mixtures of illicit drugs that are being sold on the street as heroin. Illicit drugs seized by law enforcement and analyzed...
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January 18, 2018

(Des Moines Register / Aaron Young) A dangerous new trend called 'Tide Pod Challenge' is becoming popular on social media, but doctors say it could land them in the emergency room. USA TODAY Laundry detergent pods are meant to go in a washing machine, not your mouth. Seems like a...
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November 26, 2017

Sioux City Journal / Sioux City, IA / Ty Rushing SIOUX CITY | For years, people in Sioux City could instantly recognize Linda Kalin in traffic thanks to her custom “Mrs. Yuk” vanity license plates. The plates were a play on Mr. Yuk, the green-faced mascot that became the de-facto...
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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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