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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)

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)


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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