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11/2022

Red tide is blooming in Southwest Florida after Hurricane Ian. Will it reach Tampa Bay? (Tampa Bay Times)

Georgia police warning parents about viral ‘One Chip Challenge’ after student injured (WAGA - TV)

Ian ruins man-made reefs, brings algae bloom to Florida (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Red tide reported offshore of Florida counties hit hard by Ian (Yahoo News)

Red tide returns to several Sarasota County beaches (WFLA - TV - Tampa, FL)

Red Tide Alert Issued In Sarasota County: FL Department Of Health (patch.com)

Surprising number of younger adults dying from excessive drinking, study reveals (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

She took one pill and it killed her. She didn’t know it was laced with fentanyl (WTLV - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Higher levels of red tide found at Sarasota-area beaches; visitors cautioned (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

Kalera Voluntarily Recalls Fresh Lettuce Products Because of Possible Health Risk (fda.gov)

SLC Department of Health – Free NARCAN Available to Stem Overdose Deaths (WQCS - FM - Fort Pierce, FL)

Alert issued for blue-green algae in 3 Orange County lakes (WFTV - TV - Orlando, FL)

Can hurricanes impact red tide blooms? (WFTS - TV - Tampa, FL)

Post-Ian nutrients feeding red tide and other algae blooms along SWFL coastline (WFTX - TV - Fort Meyers, FL)

Florida’s attorney general launches the One Pill Can Kill website to combat fentanyl (WFSU - FM)

Florida woman charged with selling marijuana edible to a minor after students have possible overdoses at school (NBC News)

Red tide found offshore from the mouth of Tampa Bay (WUSF - FM)

Red tide detected in Sarasota County beaches. There have also been reports of fish kill suspected to be related to red tide in Sarasota County. (WTSP - TV - Tampa, FL)

Red Tide Levels Rising In Parts Of Florida Hit Hard By Hurricane Ian (weather.com)

Second Nestlé cookie dough product recalled after customers find plastic inside (Centre Daily Times)

Someone saw a rattlesnake ‘curled up’ near a condo in Florida. Then a cop went to work (Miami Herald)

Florida Department of Health in Alachua County Providing Lifesaving Naloxone to Reduce Substance Abuse Deaths (aluchuacounty.us)

Free Narcan Kits Available Through Hillsborough Department Of Health (patch.com)

Almost 1,000 pounds of expired medications were taken and destroyed in NE Florida ( WJAX - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Harmful blue-green algal toxins discovered in Orlando area lake (iheart.com)

St. Pete-based company recalls salmon over potential listeria contamination (WFLA - TV - Tampa, FL)

1 Dead, at Least 16 Sick From Food Poisoning Outbreak Tied to Deli Meat and Cheese (WTVJ - TV - Miami, FL)

Red Tide reached Anna Maria this week. Will Hurricane Nicole make it worse? (Tampa Bay Times)

DOH-Manatee issues red tide advisories (WWSB - TV - Sarasota, FL)

Experts: Nicole could exacerbate red tide issues in Florida (Bay News 9)

DEA warns these emojis can be used to advertise drugs on social media (WTLV - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

My Dog Ate Weed: What Should I Do? (msn.com)

Red Tide Found At All Sarasota County Beaches: FL Dept. Of Health (Patch.com)

Red Tide found at all 16 Sarasota County beaches (WUSF - FM - Tampa, FL)

The Dangers of Water Beads: How a Popular Sensory Toy Could Cause a Trip To the Hospital or Worse (Parade.com)

Red tide impacting Sarasota County beaches, making it’s way up to Manatee County beaches (WWSB - TV - Sarasota, FL)

Red tide bloom kills fish along Captiva coast (WWSB - TV - Sarasota, FL)

Red tide getting worse in Southwest Florida (WINK - TV - Fort Meyers, FL)

Osceola County to provide Narcan nasal spray kits for drug overdoses (WKMG - TV - Orlando, FL)

Red tide returns to Sarasota County beaches (WTVT - TV - Tampa, FL)

Red tide alert issued for Charlotte County (yoursun.com)

FDA warns of rise in reports of child poisonings linked to cough medicine (NBC News)

Inside “Poisoned,” a Tampa Bay Times Investigation (Tampa Bay Times)

Viral video captured a rattlesnake under a Tampa Bay bridge. How rare is that? (Tampa Bay Times)

Smoking marijuana may be more harmful to lungs than smoking cigarettes, study finds (ABC News)

This isn’t candy, and parents need to be aware (WTLV - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Blue-green algae alert for Lake Ivanhoe lifted by health officials (Orlando-news.com)

Carbon monoxide is known as the ‘silent killer’ for a reason. Here is what to know. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Health officials issue Red Tide Alert for Lee County (North Fort Myers Neighbor)

Red tide continues to make its way through southwest Florida waterways (WFTX - TV - Fort Myers)

Supplements to Never Take in the Evening: Vitamin D and Calcium, Fish Oil and More (Eat This, Not That)

Red tide is drifting north and is now at the mouth of Tampa Bay (WUSF - FM - Tampa, FL)

‘Special kind of high’: CBP investigates increased seizures of ketamine laced with fentanyl (KSAZ - TV)

Reducing Substance Abuse Deaths in Broward County with Naloxone (South Florida Caribbean News)

HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUE BLUE-GREEN ALGAE BLOOM ALERT FOR LAKE MARIAN (positivelyosceola.com)

Florida Department of Health in Lee County are now providing lifesaving Naloxone to reduce substance abuse deaths (Lehigh Acres Citizen)

The dangers of lead in toys: What you can do to keep your children safe (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Severe mushroom poisonings cause alarm as foraging popularity grows (NBC News)

UPDATE: DOH-Lee issues red tide alert for islands (Sanibel Captiva Island Reporter, Islander & Current)

Florida Department of Health Rejects New CDC Guidelines on Opioids (WCQS -FM) 

After Ian and Nicole, experts warn of health risks from blue-green algae (WJCT - FM - Jacksonville, FL)

Red tide reported at multiple Lee County sites (Lehigh Acres Citizen)

The FDA issued a ‘do not eat’ oyster advisory for Florida, New York, 11 other states (Miami Herald)

How to spot carbon monoxide leaks while you travel (CBS News)

Florida state report shows toxic algae levels (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Consumer Alert: Green Sprouts toddler bottles, sippy cups recalled (WFOR - TV - Miami, FL)


10/2022

DOH-Polk County Reminds Residents Of The Dangers Of Carbon Monoxide(CO) Poisoning (Tampa Free Press)

Label Mix-Up Prompts Recall of Clopidogrel and Atenolol Tablets (empr.com)

Dangers during storm cleanup (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Lithium batteries ingested by children: accidents are increasing (California18.com)

Safely cleaning up debris after Hurricane Ian (WJAX - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Lee Health confirms 9 dead to carbon monoxide poisoning (WFTX - TV - Fort Meyers, FL)

Protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning (WFLA - FM - Tampa, FL)

Use caution with cough and cold medications (safetyandhealthmagazine.com)

Researchers warn of mental health risks of high-potency cannabis (Seattle Times)

Avoiding Opioids: Treating pain before, during and after surgery (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

People killed in Gadsden ‘mass fentanyl poisoning’ had cocaine in their systems, records say (Tallahassee Democrat)

26 Brands of Brie and Camembert Cheeses Recalled Due to Risk of Listeria (consumerreports.org)

HEALTH OFFICIALS IN OSCEOLA COUNTY ISSUE BLUE-GREEN ALGAE BLOOM ALERT FOR LAKE MARIAN (positivelyosceola.com)

Falafel sold at Aldi recalled after E.coli outbreak in 6 states, 5 people hospitalized (USA Today)

Synthetic Marijuana In Florida Tainted With Rat Poison, 52 Sick, 4 Dead (Forbes.com)

A parents’ lawsuit accuses Amazon of selling suicide kits to teenagers (National Public Radio)

Amid the Pandemic, Teens Are Vaping Again (yahoo.com)

Some animal rescues seeing an increase in pet drug overdoses (WFTS - TV - Tampa, FL)

Opioids implicated in most fatal poisonings of US toddlers, study finds (healio.com)

New Name and Brand for America’s Poison Centers Underscores Life-Saving Role of the Nation’s 55 Poison Centers (yahoo.com)

Opioids Leading Cause of Poisoning Deaths in Young Children (medscape.com)

INVASIVE CANE TOADS IN FLORIDA: THE AMPHIBIAN THAT’S DEADLY TO PETS (wideopenspaces.com)

Fighting food poisoning: Sweeping poultry changes proposed (Miami Herald)

Banned by Some Louisiana Schools, How Hot is the Paqui Chip? (KMDL - FM)

Paramedics sent to middle school after students fall ill from ‘One Chip Challenge’ (fox13news.com)

Halloween candy and your pet: what you need to know (WEAR - TV - Pensacola, FL)

Blue-green algae alert issued for Lake Apopka (orlando-news.com)

Several students fall ill attempting the ‘One Chip Challenge’ TikTok trend (pennlive.com)

Dogs Accidentally Ingesting Drugs is More Common Than You Think (KNBC-TV)

Watch Out, Look-A-Like Candies Can Get Kids Dangerously High This Halloween (WJLK - FM)

Santa Rosa Department of Health Issues Free Narcan to Combat Local Opioid Overdoses (South Santa Rosa News)

Harmful blue-green algae found in Polk County lake (WFLA - TV - Tampa, FL)

Health officials warn of elevated red tide levels at beaches in parts of Sarasota County (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

Bodycam footage shows what Gainesville officers experienced after being exposed to white powdery substance (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Hurricane Ian’s invisible toll: At least 41 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning confirmed (Tampa Bay Times)

‘Enough to kill 2.7M people’: 11 pounds of fentanyl seized in Polk County (WFTS - TV - Tampa, FL)

Parents concerned after student unknowingly brings dangerous drug to St. Johns County elementary school (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Common calls to poison control on Halloween (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Debunking the myth of drugs in Halloween candy (WFTS - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Red tide algae is back in Southwest Florida waters. Here’s what experts predict (Miami Herald)

‘Rainbow-colored fentanyl is making its way to our streets,’ Martin County Sheriff’s Office says (WPTV - TV - West Palm Beach, FL)  

New Universal Nourishment LLC Recalls Beef Burger Patty Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection (fsis.usda.gov)

Delta hemp products spark concerns over accidental poisonings in children (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Safety Warning: Halloween face paint can be toxic (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Jacksonville Poison Control Center marks 30 years of saving lives (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Florida’s Poison Control Centers celebrates 30 years (WJAX - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Delta-8: 9 things to know about the legal THC product sold in Central Florida (WFTV - TV - Orlando, FL)

Florida Poison Control has tips to keep kids safe during Halloween (WJAX - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Cracking the Code: I-TEAM helps parents decipher emojis used by teens to hide drug use (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Legal loophole allows THC products banned elsewhere to be sold in Florida (WFTV - TV - Orlando, FL)

8 Cleaning Products You Should Never Mix (Yahoo.com)

Talking to your children about medication (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Cracking the code: Continuing the conversation (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

As fentanyl drives overdose deaths, mistaken beliefs persist (WJAX - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Local counties offer free medication, prescription disposal to support National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day (WJXT - TV, Jacksonville, FL)

HCA Florida Memorial Hospital hosts Crush the Crisis Opioid drug take back day (WJAX - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Drug Take Back Day: Get rid of medications safely (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Drug Take Back events play ‘huge role’ in keeping potentially harmful drugs off streets (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Nearly 1,300 pounds of medicine collected during, Operation Medicine Cabinet (WFTS - TV - Tampa, FL)

Rainbow fentanyl: Are Tampa Bay trick-or-treaters at risk? (Tampa Bay Times)

Halloween can be taxing for pets (WTOV - TV)

Blood Pressure Medicine Recall: Two Lots Pulled Over Impurity (cnet.com)

What to watch for a Halloween of treats, not tricks (WTLV - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Red tide is blooming offshore from Southwest Florida communities hit hardest by Ian (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)


09/2022

4 Common Toxins Found in Everyday Foods (Discovermagazine.com)

Mushrooms sold in 15 states recalled because of salmonella concerns (NBC News)

9 Ways To Prevent Food Poisoning (everydayhealth.com)

How did a Florida cop wrangle an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake? Watch what happened (Miami Herald)

Opioid overdose crisis: Florida expands naloxone distribution to all county health departments (Tallahassee Democrat)

Her daughter swallowed a button battery. Eating honey helped (NBC NEWS)

Citrus County Health Officials Issues Blue-Green Algae Bloom Caution (Tampa Free Press)

Like sharks, rattlesnakes often inspire more fear than they deserve (NPR)

OSCEOLA HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUE BLUE-GREEN ALGAE BLOOM ALERT FOR FISH LAKE IN OSCEOLA COUNTY (positivelyosceola.com)

Listeria in a Miami company’s smoked salmon causes a recall in New York, 9 other states (Miami Herald)

St. Augustine mother brings awareness to the dangers of fentanyl after daughter dies from accidental exposure (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Health officials issue blue-green algae bloom alert for Crescent Lake (Palm Coast Observer) 

Despite its innocently furry appearance, the puss caterpillar’s sting is brutal (National Public Radio)

Venomous puss caterpillars in Florida: What to do if you get stung (WOFL - TV - Orlando, FL)

Medical Cream Used to Treat Skin Cancers May Be Deadly to Pets: FDA (Newsweek)

Floridian’s brush with puss caterpillars: ‘My arm is on fire’ (WTSP - TV - Tampa, FL)

Central Florida hospitals seeing more teen suicide attempts than ever, says mental health experts (WKMG - TV - Orlando, FL)

Legal hemp products are being packaged like candy. Why this could be dangerous. (WTSP - TV - Tampa, FL)

Broward schools send warning to parents about candy-colored fentanyl (CBS News)

Suicide Prevention Month: Simple Steps to Stop Suicide (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Officials warn parents to look out for fentanyl that looks like candy (WJHG - TV - Panama City, FL)

‘Puss caterpillars’: What are they and how dangerous are they? (WFLA - TV - Tampa, FL)

5 hospitalized with carbon monoxide exposure in Tampa home (WFLA - TV - Tampa, FL)

10 Dangerous Plants and Weeds You Should Never Touch (Southern Living)

What Does A Spider Bite Look Like? These Photos Can Help You Identify Different Types (Women'sHealth)

California sheriff says fentanyl an ‘urgent public health crisis’ after middle school teacher nearly poisoned (FOX News)

School: Dozens of SWGA students sick after doing dangerous chip challenge (WFLX-TV)

Pet Toxicology Experts Release Regional Poisonous Plant Map (Yahoo.com)

Hollywood high school student dies after taking fentanyl-laced pill in apparent string of overdoses (theguardian.com)

Experts warn against the #OneChipChallenge allegedly sending kids to the hospital (New York Post)

CRIME Three kilos of fentanyl seized by JSO, enough to kill 1.5 million people According to the DEA, the three kilos of fentanyl seized is enough to kill up to 1.5 million people. (WTLV - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

‘That’s like putting Clorox in a Capri Sun’ | Candy-like labels for Delta-8 THC targeted by parents & doctors (WUSA - TV - Washington D.C.)

Warning from FDA: Don’t cook chicken in NyQuil (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Clay County Sheriff’s Office disrupts drug trafficking operation between Florida & California (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

What You Need To Know About The Rainbow Fentanyl Pills Proliferating In The U.S. (healthdigest.com)

Jacksonville organizations collect water to send to Jackson, Mississippi (WJAX - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Toxic Materials in Your Home to Remove Right Now (eaththis.com)

Doctors have new advice about melatonin for children as overdoses rise (wsbradio.com)

Fall Berries: the good, bad, and just plain scary (thestarpress.com)

In most cases, oil diffusers are not dangerous for pets if they smell them (wcnc.com)

Local teens collect 30,000 water bottles for Mississippi (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

‘One kid might just think it’s candy’: Increase in children eating edibles (azfamily.com)

Can Dogs Eat Candy Corn? A Vet Weighs in on This Halloween Classic (yahoo.com)

Department of Health warns of carbon monoxide poisoning with use of gas-powered appliances (Gulfshorebusiness.com)

As FL contends with the fentanyl crisis, ‘harm reduction’ advocates work to save lives (floridaphoenix.com)

Generator Safety: Avoiding dangerous mistakes (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Poison prevention during a hurricane (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Generators can be deadly during hurricanes. Here’s what to know about using them safely. (CBS News)

3 Things to Know: Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, power lines, price gouging (WTSP - TV - Tampa, FL)

Preventing poisoning with generator safety precautions (Bay News 9 - Tampa, FL)

Florida sheriff warns alligators, snakes could be ‘more visible’ in flooded areas after Hurricane Ian (WTVT -TV - Tampa, FL)

Four-Month-Old Kitten Saves Family From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (WFLA - FM - Tampa, FL)

Q5: Five things parents and caregivers need to know about kids and medicine muskogeephoenix.com

Parents should not give kids melatonin without medical advice, expert group says (NBC News)


08/2022

Are sports, energy drinks safe for children? (newstribune.com)

Two people stung by stingrays at Daytona Beach over the weekend: Here’s what to do if you’re ever stung (WOFL - TV - Orlando, Fl)

Be aware of active snake season in Central Florida (WESH - TV - Orlando, FL)

Fentanyl poisoning kills Auburn teen; family shares lessons through loss (WRRG - TV)

53 beverage and nutrition products recalled over possible Cronobacter contamination (CNN)

Gov. DeSantis announces new opioid recovery program in Florida to combat overdoses, fentanyl deaths (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Congress passes bill named for toddler who died after swallowing a battery (ABC News)

Delta-8 THC: Experts Warn That Not All Cannabis Alternatives Are Safe (healthline.com)

New program aims to lower overdose deaths (WJXT -  TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Florida rads: 3 Tampa Bay counties at higher risk of radon poisoning (WFLA - TV -  Tampa, FL)

HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUE BLUE-GREEN ALGAE BLOOM ALERT FOR TWO LAKES IN OSCEOLA COUNTY (positivelyosceola.com)

Fentanyl can’t cause an overdose through skin, experts say: 5 fentanyl myths, debunked (NBC News)

Two Jacksonville couples arrested for child neglect after infants test positive for fentanyl (WJAX - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Health Alert Issued For Blue-Green Algae Blooms On Hillsborough River (patch.com)

Most Eutylone-Involved Deaths in 2020 Occurred in Two States (Drugs.com)

Florida leads the nation in overdose deaths related to new synthetic drug, CDC data shows (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Florida teen drug dealer found with enough fentanyl to kill over 1,500 people, deputies say (MSN)

Home Run Inn frozen pizza recalled over potential contamination (ABC News)

5,760 cases of Capri Sun have been recalled after being contaminated with cleaning solution (CNN)

Synthetic psychoactive bath salt called eutylone making deadly mark in Florida (WFOR - TV - Miami, FL)

Biden signs into law bill to help protect children from button battery ingestion (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Maker of nicotine gummies warned by the FDA that their product is a looming ‘public health crisis’ among children (NBC News)

Health alert connected to blue-green algal toxins lifted from Maximo Park (WTSP - TV - Tampa, FL)

Congressman’s wife died after taking herbal remedy marketed for diabetes and weight loss (CBS News)

Jeremy Rhoden: Poisonous plants of Central Florida (Gainesville Sun)

Sap from this tree will give you blisters, eating the apple-like fruit can kill you (WJCT - FM - Jacksonville, FL)

Walmart Is Pulling These Two Grocery Items Off Shelves From Coast to Coast (eatthis.com)

Fudge cookies that might cut your insides recalled from Target stores nationwide (Miami Herald)

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office hoping to reduce number of overdose deaths (WTLV - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Gainesville police officers rushed to hospital after being exposed to drugs (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Tiny batteries are sending more children to the ER, report finds (CNN)

Florida limits dosages for medical marijuana, supply (WTSP - TV - Tampa, FL)

Clay celebrates International Overdose Awareness Day (Clay Today)


07/2022

Listeria in Florida? New outbreak tied to Illinois resident’s death, 22 hospitalizations, CDC says (WLS - TV - Chicago, IL)

CDC: Listeria outbreak linked to Florida (CBS News)

‘It can happen to you’: How 1 laced pill cost a Louisville mother her son forever (Courier-Journal.com)

Algae ‘more than 20 times too toxic for human contact’ prompts new concerns (WPTV - TV - West Palm  Beach, FL)

Dangerous giant African snails in Florida spark quarantines (New York Post)

The Giant African Land Snail Has Been Spotted Again in Florida (New York Times)

FDA: Vidalia Onion Recall Due To Listeria Concerns Affects Wegmans, Publix, 5 States (Forbes)

Florida-made ice cream linked to listeria outbreak that killed 1, left 22 hospitalized in 10 states (WFTV - TV - Orlando, FL)

Health officials warn of blue-green algae in Clay County (WOKV - FM - Jacksonville, FL)

‘Mass fentanyl poisoning event’: Laced drugs in Gadsden claim nine lives over holiday weekend (Tallahassee Democrat)

‘Sargassum storm’: Stinky seasonal seaweed sets record in Brevard, and more is coming this way (Florida Today)

‘Full of life’: Husband mourns wife killed in rash of possible Gadsden fentanyl deaths (Tallahassee Democrat)

Gadsden County reports a spike in fentanyl deaths over July Fourth holiday (WFSU - FM - Tallahassee, FL)

Rural Florida county shocked by fentanyl deaths over holiday (Valdosta Daily Times)

Toxic algae blooms are growing on lakes and beaches across the US, and health departments warn they can poison kids and kill pets (Yahoo News)

Florida leaders blame fentanyl deaths in rural Gadsden County on border drug smuggling (Tallahassee Democrat)

Officers ‘working feverishly’ to prevent another mass fentanyl poisoning in Florida (WFTS - TV - Tampa, FL)

‘Pick on someone your own size’: 7-year-old snake bite victim walks again (WJAX - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Yikes! Four-foot venomous snake found slithering in Florida neighborhood (WOFL - TV - Orlando, FL)

Chlorine and pool safety: What you need to know (WTSP - TV - Tampa, FL)

These Plants Poisonous to Dogs May Be Hiding in Your Garden (wideopenpets.com)

A mass fentanyl overdose event in Gadsden is drawing statewide attention (WFSU - FM - Tallahassee, FL)

Look out for signs of pool chemical injuries this summer swimming season (WTSP - TV - Tampa, FL)

Blue Green Menace (TapintotheBay)

Algae bloom health alert at Central Florida lake (WESH - TV - Orlando, FL)

Man arrested, 7 people hospitalized after taking drug laced with fentanyl and vet tranquilizer (WTSP - TV - Tampa, FL)

Deputies: Ecstasy shaped like vitamins seized during traffic stop in Putnam County (WTLV - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Florida Sheriff’s Operation “Meth Side Story” Leads To 18 Arrest Warrants, Enough Dope To Kill Over 98,000 (The Free Press -- Tampa, FL)

Six People Hospitalized After Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Homestead (WTVJ - TV - Miami, FL)

Why Tide Pods look like candy (CNN)

Tide Pods were designed to look like candy, according to new report (NBC News)

Freeze-dried blueberries sold nationwide recalled over lead concerns (CBS News)

Florida AG urges President Biden to classify fentanyl as ‘weapon of mass destruction’ (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

State agencies deploy resources to address fentanyl crisis (WUSF - FM - Tampa, FL)

No arrests in connection with mass fentanyl overdose deaths in Gadsden County (Tallahassee Democrat)

Health department: Blue-green algae toxins present around Racy Point in St. Johns River (St. Augustine Record)

Experts warn of dangerous species of caterpillar found in Florida (newwsbreak.com)

Lake Munson boat ramps reopened after health alert lifted over algae toxins (Tallahassee Democrat)

Couple says 6-month-old dog died after finding poisonous mushrooms in yard (WFLX - TV - Fort Meyers, FL)

HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUE BLUE-GREEN ALGAE BLOOM ALERT FOR OSCEOLA COUNTY (Positively Osceola)

Back to school leads to higher intake in poison control calls as kids routines change (Florida Today)

Water Quality Report (WGCU - TV - Fort Meyers, FL)

More Toddlers are Ingesting and Overdosing on Marijuana (WMBB - TV - Panama City, Florida)

When are expired drugs truly expired? (NBC News)

Should parents give their children melatonin supplements? (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Health Officials Issue Blue-Green Algae Bloom ALERT for Areas in Lake Okeechobee (WQCS - FM)

10 Easy-Action Tips For Preventing Toddler Accidental Poisoning At Home (babygaga.com)

How you should dispose of unused or expired medications (National Geographic)

9 Human Foods That Are Toxic to Dogs (Prevention.com)

From the Extension: Pick the right houseplants to live with your pets (dailycommercial.com)

2 fentanyl deaths occurred in Chattahoochee the month before ‘fentanyl overdose crisis’ (Tallahassee Democrat)

How Safe Is Deet? (Yahoo.com)

The Hidden Danger Behind TikTok’s “Product Overload” Cleaning Trend (goodhousekeeping.com)


06/2022

Why Home-Made Baby Formula Is a Bad Idea (U.S. News & World Report)

Child suicide attempts by poisoning on the rise, study says (WFLA - TV - Tampa, FL)

Blue-green algae caution issued for Lake Sue (Orlando-news.com)

Lee Health: Prepare for hurricane season (Naples Daily News)

Jacksonville Beach lifeguards are alerting beachgoers to uptick in Portuguese man o’ war (WTLV - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Mandarin Middle School student wins national video contest (Florida News Line - Jacksonville, FL)

Melatonin poisoning reports are up in kids, study says (WJXT -TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Staying safe with generators, heating devices (swfloridadailynews.com)

Melatonin poisoning reports are up in kids, study says (Miami Herarld)

Melatonin poisoning concerns (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Melatonin overdoses in kids increase 530% over past decade: What parents need to know to keep kids safe (ABC - Good Morning America)

Health officials issue blue-green algae bloom alert for Bull Creek north of Fish Camp (palmcoastobserver.com)

No swimming, boating in three Polk County Lakes where blue-green algae found (WFTS - TV - Tampa, FL)

You might want to eliminate this invasive Florida toad. It can kill your dog or cat (Video) (Palm Beach Post) 

Winston-Salem parents warn families about the risks of water beads for younger children (WXII - TV)

Snake bite could have meant serious consequences for Miramar man (WPLG - TV - Miami, FL)

Quiz: Do You Know How to Protect Your Child From Poisoning? (The Miami County Republic)

Orange County health officials issue toxic blue-green algae warning for Lake Ivanhoe (WESH - TV - Orlando, FL)

Health alert issued for presence of blue-green algae in Lake Weir (Ocala News)

DOH-Martin County issues toxic algae health alert for Lake Okeechobee near Indiantown (tcpalm.com)

Clay County boy recovering after venomous snake bite put him in hospital for nearly a week (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Florida Boy, 7, Almost Dies After Getting Bit by Venomous Snake in Backyard (Newsweek)

Recall alert: Kroger, Walgreens brand pill bottles recalled for not meeting child safety standards (WFTV - TV - Orlando, FL)

Department of Health warns of blue-green algae around Swimming Pen Creek near Whitey’s Fish Camp (WTLV - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Health officials lift blue-green algae alert for Bull Creek (palmcoastobserver.com)

Inside the Long History of Florida’s Deadliest Tree (insidehook.com)

Child impaled by catfish during Florida fishing trip (New York Post)

Lake Okeechobee sees 240 square miles of blue-green algae (WFTX - TV - Fort Meyers, FL)

Health department: Blue-green algae toxins present around Shands Bridge (St. Augustine Record)

Collier Sheriff says man arrested with enough fentanyl to kill 65,000 people (WFTX - TV - Fort Meyers, FL)

Poisonous caterpillar looks like a slug and is found in the Eastern United States (newsbreak.com)

FDA effort to tackle addiction & deaths (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Poison ivy: How to treat the rash, destroy the plant (WFLA - TV - Tampa, FL)

470 people reported illness, including liver issues, from recalled Daily Harvest food (Miami Herald)

Health officials warn of algae bloom in Clay County (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Record number of toxic bufo toads posing threat to Florida pets (WFTS - TV - Tampa, FL)

Health department issues blue-green algae bloom health alert for Doctors Lake at Camp Echockotee (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Experts warn dog owners of increase in poisonous toads across South Florida (WPLG - TV - Miami, FL)

Keep your family safe from poisons this summer (Ponte Vedra Recorder)

A&M Farms Initiates a Recall Of Specific Little Bear Brand Whole Vidalia Onions Sold By The Pound at Retail Because of Possible Health Risk (WJAX - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Clay County Department of Health issues another algae bloom alert for Doctors Lake (newsbreak.com)


05/2022

How can parents prevent children from ingesting edibles (Boston Herald)

Snake Season: Local vets seeing spike in pets being treated for venomous bites (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Psssst: Here’s what you need to know about Florida’s 6 venomous snake species (WFTV - TV - Orlando, FL)

Crisis in the Classroom: Florida sees rise in calls related to teen suicide (WEAR - TV - Pensacola, FL)

The FDA is cracking down on delta-8 THC, the legal-ish weed that gets you high and is being sold openly all over the US (Yahoo.com)

How to keep a yard safe for your dog — and protect the yard, too (The Washington Post)

FDA Sends Warning Letters to CBD, Delta-8 THC Companies (Whole Foods Magazine)

Ohio State University warns of fake Adderall pills after two students died in one week (CBS News)

FDA and poison control are concerned about Delta-8 (WMBB - TV - Panama City, FL)

‘I sell a lot’: Delta-8 THC crackdown could effect Northwest Florida businesses (WEAR - TV - Pensacola, FL)

The Most Dangerous Plants to Keep in Your House (bestlifeonline.com)

Health alert reissued for presence of blue-green algae at Orange Lake (Ocala News - Ocala, FL)

Highly addictive fentanyl killing Americans at alarming rate, DEA says (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Identification of poison ivy key in preventing exposures (Duncan  Banner --  Duncan, OK)

On National Fentanyl Awareness Day, Orange Park mother shares how the drug impacted her family (WTLV - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Overdose Deaths Continue Rising, With Fentanyl and Meth Key Culprits (New York Times)

What you need to know about fentanyl and why it’s dangerous (WKMG - TV - Orlando, FL)

WATCH: Button battery demonstration (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

If You See This Flower In Your Yard, Stay Away And Call Local Officials (WFLA- FM - Clearwater, FL)

The Hidden Dangers of Your Medicine Cabinet (jacksonvillemom.com - Jacksonville, FL)

Child Unsafe: The danger of button batteries (WJXT - TV -  Jacksonville, FL)

Poison prevention in your home (hometownfocus.us)

FDA sends out warning after over 100 adverse events connected to copy-cat foods containing THC (foodsafetynews.com)

FDA issues warning against children eating THC-infused candies, cereals (mysuncoast.com - CNN)

Deadly drug on the rise in Marianna (WMBB - TV - Panama City, FL)

‘She was lucky’: Sago palm almost killed my dog. Here’s what you need to know. (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Popular peanut butter is recalled nationwide. It’s been linked to a salmonella outbreak (Miami Herald)

South Florida blue-green algae health alerts (WPBF - TV - West Palm Beach, FL)

Health officials issue algae bloom alert for Doctor’s Lake – Mill Cove (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Toxic Bufo toads are back in SWFL (WFTX - TV - Fort Meyers, FL)

Florida Health Department In Polk County Issues Algae Bloom Alert (Tampafp.com)

Leon County closes Lake Munson boat ramp as Health Department warns stay out of the water (Tallahassee Democrat)

State detects blue-green algae toxins on Lake Hamilton ahead of Memorial Day weekend (WFLA - TV - Tampa, FL)

Florida Department of Health Promotes Generator Safety Ahead of 2022 Disaster Preparedness Tax Holiday (floridahealth.gov)

DOH issues water advisory for toxic algae in the Stick Marsh in Indian River County (tcpalm.com)

Orange County health officials issue blue-green algae warning for Lake Mann (WFTV - TV - Orlando, FL)

Disaster prep tax ‘holiday’ runs through June 10: Here’s what you can save money on (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

She thought it was a ‘safe solution,’ but overuse of over-the-counter medication can be deadly (kctv5.com)


04/2022

The new street drug law enforcement says is more potent and deadly than fentanyl (WTSP-TV - Tampa, FL)

Your Healthy Family: More kids in ERs across the country after eating edibles (WFTX - TV - Fort Meyers, FL)

FDA investigating oysters sold in Florida linked to Norovirus outbreak (WEAR - TV - Pensacola, FL)

DEA issues nationwide warning over fentanyl-related ‘mass-overdose events’ (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Health Alert Issued for Blue-Green Algae Bloom Along East Shore of Lake Okeechobee (WUSF - FM - Tampa, FL)

Florida groups canvass spring breakers to warn of fentanyl (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)  

How to Identify Poison Ivy and How to Get Rid of the Plant Permanently (Newsweek)

Florida DOH water advisory: Toxic algae detected at Port Mayaca in Martin County (tcpalm.com)

Easter Lilies: Beautiful plants, but a household toxin for our kitty friends (WTOP - FM - Washington, D.C.)

Teen drug overdose deaths rose sharply in 2020, driven by fentanyl-laced pills (NPR)

Driven by fentanyl, rates of fatal teen overdoses doubled in 2020 (Statnews.com)

Edibles packaged like candy stirs controversy (thefamuanonline.com -- Tallahassee, FL)

Snake Season: Local vets seeing spike in pets being treated for venomous bites (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

More teens attempting suicide in Florida (Clay Today)

Don’t touch: This caterpillar may look friendly but leaves a nasty rash (WTSP - TV - Tampa, FL)

Chocolate isn’t the only danger to your pets this Easter. What else to stay away from. (Miami Herald)

‘I’ll buy anything TikTok tells me to’: A TikTok ‘nurse’ is pushing turpentine cures—don’t be fooled. (Dailydot.com)

FDA investigating Lucky Charms amid reports of illness (The Hill)

‘Copycat’ Cannabis Edibles Pose A Risk To Kids (futurity.org)

Candy Or Cannabis? New Study Warns Of Edibles In ‘Copycat Packaging’ (dailywire.com)

The bags look like well-known chips or candies, but what’s inside could harm children (WSVN - TV - Miami, FL)

Pets Keep Getting High Off Of Their Humans’ Supply (melmagazine.com)

Marijuana edibles resembling popular snacks found during raid in Nassau County (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville)

Florida gardening: Gloriosa lilies are beautiful but toxic to pets and humans (TCPALM.COM - Stuart, FL)

Weed poisoning pets more frequently now, study finds. Here’s what to do if they eat it Read more at: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article260685362.html#storylink=cpy (Miami Herald)

CRIME Warrant leads to seizure of enough fentanyl to kill 32,000 people, Flagler deputies say (WTLV - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Where you can dispose of medication in Jacksonville (WJAX - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Jacksonville is taking part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Jacksonville city leaders promote ‘spring-cleaning’ of medicine cabinets on Drug Take Back Day (WTLV -TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Clean out your medicine cabinets Saturday for Prescription Drug Take Back Day (WJCT - FM - Jacksonville, FL)

Disposal box locations in Escambia County for National Take Back Day (WEAR - TV - Pensacola, FL)

Locals take part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, experts educate public (WJAX - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Local drug enforcement agencies participate in ‘National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day’ (WEAR - TV - Pensacola, FL)


03/2022

Florida Leads the Nation in Fentanyl Deaths (Florida Daily)

March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month. Is your pet safe in your home? (WPEC-TV - West Palm Beach, FL)

FDA warns against using another powdered baby formula after a 2nd death (NPR)

Conter gives tips on preventing poisoning (Cascade Pioneer)

Florida leads nation in highest number of fentanyl deaths (Palm Coast Observer)

Marion County health officials issue Blue-Green Algae Boom Alert for Orange Lake (Ocala News)

Your dog just ate chocolate: Here’s what to know and what you need to do first. (USA Today)

Plant a Pet-Safe Garden (Creators.com)

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center reaches 4 million pet toxicity cases (DVM360.com)

Toxic Trouble: Is There Poison In Your Home? (Ivanhoe.com)

ASK THE VET: Catnip, cat mint, cat thyme, cat grass top picks for cat-friendly garden (Arkansasonline.com)

As Gas Siphoning Crimes Surge, Poison Control Issues Warning to Thieves (Newsweek)

Overdose: ‘If my story could save one child, then he didn’t die in vain’ (WTLV/WJXX - TV -- Jacksonville, FL)

Pantry of Pet Poisons (Petpoisonhelpline.com)

‘One Pill Can Kill’: Florida Officials Warning About ISO, New Synthetic Opioid More Powerful Than Fentanyl (WFOR - TV - Miami, FL)

Florida’s Attorney General warns people about a dangerous drug more powerful than fentanyl (WTSP-TV - Tampa, FL)

Help Support National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week & Learn about Inhalants Treatments (The Free Press -- Deerfield Beach, FL)

Preparing for animal poison prevention week (WJXT-TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Toxic trouble: Household items pose poison dangers for children (WDIV-TV, Detroit, MI)

Use Poison Prevention Week to educate yourself about the toxins around you (Ocala StarBanner/Ocala.com)

Toxic Trouble: Is There Poison in Your Home? (WJXT-TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Top calls to poison control for kids under 12 were for supplement (WJXT-TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Blue-green algae detected in Orlando lake; what to do if you encounter it (WFTV - TV - Orlando, FL)

Did you know these plants and pantry items could be deadly for your pet? (WJXT-TV - Jacksonville, FL)  

Poison Prevention at Every Age (Sarasota Memorial Health Care System)

Keeping your pets safe during Poison Prevention Week (WJXT-TV - Jacksonville, FL)

Agencies offer Hope for drug addiction; CCSO drops Hammer on pair for drugs (Clay Today - Orange Park, FL)

Child poisoning deaths spiked in pandemic from narcotics, bleach and batteries (CBS News)

Florida Poison Control Center warns parents of Delta-8 gummies amid rise in marijuana calls (WJAX-TV - Jacksonville, FL)

These spring season plants are a threat to your pets. Here’s how to keep them safe. (Miami Herald)

Florida health officials issue toxic algae alert for Lake Washington (Florida Today)

Caution urged relying on melatonin gummies to get kids to sleep (TampaBay.com)

Florida warns of new drug much more powerful than fentanyl (New York Post)

Report: Poisoning deaths among kids under 5 spiked during pandemic (WPRI - TV - Providence, RI)

Potent drugs packaged like candy, legally sold in Florida sparks calls for stricter rules (WFTS - TV - Tampa, FL)


02/2022

Opioid deaths skyrocket across US; Tampa Bay one of worst in nation for overdoses (WFTS - TV - Tampa)

Poison Control warns COVID-19 tests contain toxic chemical (WMBB-TV - Panama City, FL)

Florida Poison Control says to keep substance in at-home COVID tests away from children (WEAR-TV - Pensacola, FL)

Keep COVID-19 test kits out of reach of children, Poison Control warns (WFLA-TV - Tampa)

Poison Control warning about dangers of chemicals in at-home COVID-19 tests (WBBH-TV - Fort Meyers, FL)

Fentanyl poisoning deaths double in 30 states over 2 years: study (FOX News)

Wake-Up Call: Atlantic Beach mother reflects on the horror that this drug has had on her family, loss of her son (WTLV/WJXX -- Jacksonville, FL)

Concerns surrounding at-home COVID-19 tests (WCTV - Tallahassee, FL)

Hidden Home Dangers: Simple fixes that will keep you safe (WJXT - Jacksonville, FL)

20,000 packages of shrimp recalled because of Listeria contamination (foodsafetynews.com)

A Rising Death Toll (The New York Times)

Numbers of children under FIVE being poisoned by eating their parents’ pot brownies and gummies has soared by 320% over past three years as more states legalize the drug (Daily Mail)

‘Opioids appear to know no bounds’: Lakeview reports sharp increase in abuse, overdoses (Pensacola News Journal - Pensacola)

The opioid epidemic continues to plague north central Florida communities (WUFT-FM - Gainesville, FL)

ISO, a dangerous synthetic opioid stronger than fentanyl, showing up in Florida (WINK - TV - Fort Meyers, FL)

Poison Control officials warn about acetaminophen overdose (WMBB-TV - Panama City Beach, Florida)  

Middle-school children fall prey to fatal fentanyl overdoses (CNN)

Abbott recalls baby formula after report of illnesses, including one death (Food Safety Network)

Polk County health officials issue blue-green algae alert for Lake Crago (FOX13 WTVT - Tampa, FL.)

Health Officials Lift Blue-Green Algae Bloom Alert For Brevard County (Florida Department of Health in Brevard County)

Chemical in COVID test kits can cause sickness if ingested, experts say. What to know. (Miami Herald)

FDA Warns of Rising Dangers of Unapproved Drug Tianeptine (U.S. News and World Report)

News4JAX goes on the hunt, finds the most dangerous tree on the planet growing in Florida (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)

How to spot common poisonous plants (WJXT - TV - Jacksonville, FL)


01/2022

Are poinsettias, mistletoe, or holly plants dangerous? (Harvard Health Publishing)

Planning a trip to Florida this winter? Be careful when you’re outside (Democrat and Chronicle)

Brevard health officials warn of toxic algae in Lake Washington, Stick Marsh (Florida Today)

Opioid Misuse Keeps Rising Among Older Americans (U.S. News and World Report)

Accidental exposure to COVID-19 at-home solution on the rise (WSMV - TV)

Project Opioid launches ‘The Everyone Campaign’ with billboards across Central Florida (WKMG-TV Orlando)

New campaign aimed at preventing overdose deaths in Florida (WESH-TV Orlando)

Project Opioid launches new Central Florida-wide campaign aimed at tackling overdose deaths (WMFE-FM Orlando)

I Swallowed Liquid from a COVID-19 Test Kit (National Poison Control Center)

Don’t drink urine to treat COVID. Doctors debunk newest ‘miracle cure’ (Miami Herald)

Marijuana edibles spurring rise in pot-related overdose calls to Illinois Poison Center (Herald & Review)

Upstate New York Poison Center sets reminder for at home COVID-19 test kits (WETM-TV)

At-home testing for coronavirus? Here’s why you should keep pets away (CTV - Toronto)

Calls to poison control increase with availability of COVID-19 test kits (KYW News Radio - Philadelphia) 

Celebration High School students taken to hospital after ingesting ‘edible gummies,’ district says (WKMG-TV)

Treating your pet for marijuana poisoning: Veterinarian (FOX News)

ISO: Opioid ’20 times’ stronger than fentanyl found in Pasco overdose cases, sheriff’s office says (WFTS - TV - Tampa)


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