West Virginia Poison Center warns of back-to-school risks


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Back to school can cause chaos as people struggle to get back to school. It is a time of transitions and new routines. But this year, with virtual school, quarantines and constant changes, new and changing routines can lead to poisonings.

The West Virginia Poison Center warns of possible dangers during the school year. These dangers include:

  • Mixtures of drugs
  • Double dose medication
  • Dare online
  • Mistakes with caffeine

Mornings can be hectic with everyone scrambling to get out of the house. When you are in a rush and distracted, drug confusions can arise. Taking someone else’s medication can be dangerous. The poison control center recommends slowing down, reading all drug labels, and keeping drugs in their original containers until they are ready to use. They also insisted on not putting drugs on the counter; it might be mistaken for someone else’s or a child might get it.

To avoid double doses of medication, the Poison Control Center recommends that families choose a parent or an adult to routinely administer medication. This prevents both parents or more adults from giving a child the same medicine without realizing it. Another tip for avoiding a double dose is to keep a medication diary or chart to check when medications are being administered.

The challenges have been around for a long time, but have become increasingly popular on the internet and social media. It is important to talk about the dangers of challenges. While some can be harmless, others can cause harm, especially those involving drugs or chemicals. One example is the “Tide pod challenge” which became popular on the Internet, where young people dared or challenged each other to eat Tide pods.

Something that may not seem so obviously harmful can also cause nausea, insomnia, headaches, and a rapid heartbeat. Caffeine can help students study or get through a long day of school and extracurricular activities, but the Poison Control Center warns that high doses of caffeine can be harmful. They recommend limiting the amount of caffeine consumed by young people.

The West Virginia Poison Center can be contacted at this number, 1-800-222-1222. The center recommends saving the number in an emergency. WVPC said not to wait for symptoms to appear before calling if poisoning occurs.

For more information and resources, call the West Virginia Poison Center number or visit their website, wvpoisoncenter.org


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