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12 November 2012


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Margaret in MN

Great story, Erin. My favorite bit was your line about coming off as a "repeat child-poisoner."



I had to call the poison hotline the other day, for the first time. It turns out the silica gel in those desiccant packets that say "do not eat" is only a local irritant. Whew.


Rebekka, I once saw a set of statistics ranking the substances about which Poison Control is called most often. The silica gel packs ranked pretty high - I cannot imagine that people try to eat them often, but I bet the big block letter "DO NOT EAT" warning leads people to fear them more than objectively more dangerous items (like, say, random houseplants) that do not say "DO NOT EAT."


I can't help but notice the differences in the response of poison control where you are and South Florida.


I still can't believe that Poison Control told her to call an ambulance and the ambulance said to call Poison Control.


Yeah, that's kind of a weird story, and TBH the fact that it is written in verse doesn't make it any easier to understand. Maybe there was a miscommunication about what sort of medicine it was? Some "cough medicines" (e.g. those containing acetaminophen) would be a much bigger danger than others, if I understand it correctly.


That's what I thought. Tylenol poisoning is dangerous and I wondered if the cough medicine had it or not.

I've heard it said that if Tylenol was a new drug being introduced today, it would not be approved.


I'm guessing that a significant portion of the people who actually do the busting into the packets of silica gel are illiterate. That was certainly the case here. But, yes, it definitely looks dangerous.

Maybe they do it to differentiate from food that is produced in similar packaging? Sweeteners, salt, pepper, etc.

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