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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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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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