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When Kids Overdose, Poison Control Centers Help
    #2892552 - 07/15/04 09:24 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

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When Kids Overdose, Poison Control Centers Help Identify the Drug and Recommend the Right Treatment With MICROMEDEX
Thursday July 15, 5:20 am ET
'You Took What?'

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A teenager comes home late Saturday night. Nauseated and trembling violently, she finally admits to taking "boomers." Her mother calls the local poison control center and is told that's slang for L.S.D.

Poison control professionals rely on a specialized resource for handling such emergencies: the POISINDEX? database by MICROMEDEX. This toxicity database is used by all U.S. Poison Centers and many hospital emergency departments.

MICROMEDEX, a part of The Thomson Corporation, (NYSE: TOC - News; TSX: TOC - News), the leader in information solutions for scientific and healthcare professionals, has added 4,000 slang terms for recreational or street drugs to its POISINDEX System. POISINDEX also contains clinical information about symptoms and treatment, to help medical professionals quickly identify substances and give appropriate advice about overdoses or ill effects from the drugs.

In recent years, there have been alarming increases in the popularity of recreational drugs, sometimes called "club drugs" used by young adults at parties and bars, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

In 2002, the latest year for which data is available, 45,795 people called poison control centers about exposures to street drugs, such as crystal meth, MDMA (Ecstasy), LSD, the date rape drug GHB, as well as stimulants such as diet aids, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Parents and friends of an overdose patient often call poison control centers or drive them to hospitals for help, but they may not know the correct medical name of the substance the patient used. While some slang terms are common, many are obscure and regional, such as "Aunt Nora" (cocaine) or "sherm" (marijuana laced with PCP.)

The POISINDEX System helps clinicians and poison center personnel identify these names and links them to appropriate clinical management documents. Among its 4,000 slang terms for drugs, the POISINDEX database includes, for example, more than 130 different terms for crack cocaine alone.

"In the past, we were sometimes forced to turn to outside sources, even just an Internet search," explained Cheryl Montanio, clinical nurse educator at Denver Health's Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. "We were often hesitant to act or make recommendations on information from a source we were not familiar with."

"Physicians who are unfamiliar with a slang term might need to run medical tests to diagnose the problem," said Dr. Rich Klasco, medical director of MICROMEDEX and an emergency room physician. "A quick check with POISINDEX enables clinicians to identify the drug and move to treatment more quickly, helping to improve patient outcomes."


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In addition to the street drug slang terms, POISINDEX identifies ingredients for thousands of commercial, pharmaceutical and biological substances. Each substance is linked to one or more documents providing information on clinical effects, range of toxicity and treatment protocols. The slang terms were identified through national surveys of practitioners, and the results were researched, verified and organized into a searchable database. By carefully sampling from all areas of the country, MICROMEDEX ensured that as many local and regional slang variations as possible would be included.

For detailed information about POISINDEX, call (800) 525-9083 (+1 303 486-6444 outside the U.S.) or visit www.micromedex.com.

About The Thomson Corporation and Thomson MICROMEDEX

With 2003 revenues of $7.6 billion, The Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com) is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. Thomson provides value-added information, software applications and tools to more than 20 million users in the fields of scientific research and healthcare, law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education, reference information, corporate training and assessment. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (TSX: TOC - News; NYSE: TOC - News). Thomson healthcare information solutions can be found at www.thomson.com/healthcare, and include Thomson American Health Consultants, an innovator of medical education programs and the largest publisher of health care newsletters in the world; Gardiner Caldwell, one of the world's largest medical communication agencies; Physicians World, a leader in advanced medical education programs for over 30 years; MICROMEDEX, the foremost provider of trusted medical information, enabling clinicians to access answers and alerts to prevent adverse events and promote best clinical practices; and PDR, The Physician's Desk Reference, the drug information standard for 57 years that annually reaches 500,000 practicing physicians across the United States.


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Re: When Kids Overdose, Poison Control Centers Help [Re: Anno]
    #2892567 - 07/15/04 09:32 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

> she finally admits to taking "boomers." Her mother calls the local poison control center and is told that's slang for L.S.D.

Doh!


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Re: When Kids Overdose, Poison Control Centers Help [Re: Seuss]
    #2892584 - 07/15/04 09:38 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

According to Google the term is used both for LSD and mushrooms.


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Re: When Kids Overdose, Poison Control Centers Help [Re: Anno]
    #2892596 - 07/15/04 09:42 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Then poison control should have told her that it is slang for both... :wink:


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Re: When Kids Overdose, Poison Control Centers Help [Re: Seuss]
    #2892665 - 07/15/04 10:01 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Good point.


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Re: When Kids Overdose, Poison Control Centers Help [Re: Anno]
    #2893074 - 07/15/04 12:38 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

boomers where im from is shrooms weird heh


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