Alerts – Recent Trends

The Georgia Poison Center wants to help keep you up-to-date on the latest trends.
We work with the AAPCC to track poisonings and their sources, including household products, food and beverages, chemicals in the workplace and home, environmental toxins, drugs and medicine, and animal and insect bites and stings.

Street Drugs Being Sold in Georgia
 Over the last couple of days the Georgia Poison Center (GPC) and other agencies have received multiple reports of overdoses from Central and South Georgia. Patients are being found unconscious or unresponsive with difficulty breathing or no breathing at all.

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Snake Bites
It’s snakebite season and the Georgia Poison Center(GPC) is warning people to watch their step and pay close attention while enjoying outdoor activities. As temperatures increase snakes become more active. The GPC receives hundreds of phone calls concerning snakebites every year. Throughout the years we have seen a considerable increase in snakebites with 2016 being our highest with 466 snakebite calls. Out of those 466 nearly 20% were treated with antidote, most for Copperhead bites. 

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Hand Sanitizer
Ingesting ethanol-based hand sanitizer can cause alcohol poisoning, sending children to the emergency room. The concern for poisoning relates to the ethyl alcohol, also called ethanol. It is the same alcohol found in beer, wine and other liquors, as well as perfumes, after shave lotions and mouthwash but at a much higher concentration. The concentration of alcohol in hand sanitizers varies from 45% to 95%, with the most commonly used in the range of 60-70%.

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