Ran across an interesting list recently while writing about budget cuts to the state Poison Center, (the logo for which probably makes the state’s tourism folks squirm.)
The budget-cut changes, by the way, include forking over $30 on your credit card to get advice about a poisoned pet. The center fields a surprising number of these calls, including from owners of iguanas, guinea pigs, spiders and fish.
Deaths from unintentional drug overdoses are now the No. 1 cause of accidental deaths in Washington, according to the center’s medical director, Dr. William Hurley.
For humans, here’s the center’s “top 10 human poisonings list for 2008”:
-diaper-rash products (eaten, presumably)
-ethanol (meaning alcoholic beverages)
-antihistamines like Zyrtec and Claritin
-silica gel (those little white “do not eat” packets that keep dry foods dry)
-systemic antibiotics (often used for acne)