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 The Poison Bill

I have utilized the poison control center for such varied loved ones as my grandfather and my puppy.  I consulted them about my grandfather due to ingesting medications prescribed for his wife and my puppy when he sampled the pesticides newly applied to the lawn.  I also know that the incidence for senior poisoning is up 30 percent in recent years and access to poison control is of the greatest importance to those raising small children. Not to mention the hospital professionals who rely on the poison control centers for timely advice almost every day. 

In 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unintentional poisoning caused about 708,318 emergency room visits.  So, you would think every effort would be made to retain adequate funding to support the lifesaving services provided by our poison control system. Not so fast.  Just recently, The House of Representatives voted to approve Measure H.R. 1 which includes a cut of $27.3 million from the federal poison control program. Yet, the Senate rejected it.  It is now subject to negotiation in the final budget for this year.

Now, thatís a funny way to celebrate Poison Prevention Week. 

I think, as family and professional caregivers, it is important to make sure our voices are heard with a resounding Ė Are you kidding?!



Gary Barg


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