The Poison Post ®
Brought to you by Poison Control Centers
June 2017 Edition
Save the Number, Save a Life!
Go to or text poison to 484848 to download Poison Control's contact info directly to your smartphone. Be prepared! Download and save the phone number and the link to online guidance for a suspected poisoning. Do it now!
Lutein Safety and Benefits
Lutein, a nutrient found in leafy green vegetables, is thought to protect against light-induced retina damage. While some studies show positive results from lutein use, more research is needed to determine the benefits and safety. Learn more...
Lidocaine Can Cause Harmful Effects
Lidocaine, a local anesthetic, works by causing a temporary numbing effect. When used sparingly and as directed, topical lidocaine is generally safe. Misuse, overuse, or overdose can cause serious problems and even death. Learn more...
When is Drywall a Problem?
While there have been concerns about contaminated drywall emitting sulfurous gases, there is little evidence to show uncontaminated drywall is linked to serious health risks. Learn more...
Chlorhexidine Adverse Effects
Chlorhexidine is an antibacterial agent that is commonly used in dental and surgical settings. Low concentration products sold over-the-counter do not typically cause serious problems, but some people can have adverse effects. Learn more...
Two ways to get help for a poison emergency:

Both are free and confidential. Both provide expert guidance based on age, weight, and amount.