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Over the counter drugs can poison

The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) recorded more than 76,000 cases of humans and animals exposed to toxic substances in 2008.

According to the State Department of Health, poisonings and drug overdoses are the leading causes of unintentional injury-related deaths in Washington state, surpassing motor vehicle crashes.

The WAPC’s top 10 human poisonings list for 2008 includes:

1. Ibuprofen

2. Benzodiazepine (tranquilizers)

3. Diaper care/rash product

4. Ethanol (alcoholic beverage)

5. Pediatric Acetaminophen (children’s Tylenol)

6. Non-Drowsy Antihistamines (like Zyrtec and Claritin)

7. SSRI (antidepressants)

8. Desiccant (silica gel)

9. Adult Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

10. Antibiotics Systemic (used for acne)

“Deaths from unintentional drug overdoses are a quickly growing problem — and are now the number one cause of accidental deaths in at least seven states, including Washington,” said Dr. William Hurley, Medical Director of the Washington Poison Center.

If you are concerned that a poisoning may have occurred, immediately call your Poison Center’s 24/7 hotline at 1-800-222-1222. For more information, go to www.wapc.org.

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