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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 12:05 AM
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Help, please: Important request from my daughter, an ER doctor:
Hi, guys,

Rarely do I send mass emails, but I am hoping that you all will be as interested and disturbed by this as I was. Currently, there is a bill on the floor to eliminate 95% of federal poison center funding. This would lead to the closing of nearly all poison control centers in the country. As an emergency physician, I cannot tell you how huge of an impact this will be on our emergency departments. If any of you have visited an ED recently, you are all aware that wait times and unnecessary visits are some of the biggest issues we face. The poison control centers in the US prevent most callers from ever going to he hospital, and the removal of this resource would undoubtedly lead to further overcrowding and unnecessary patient visits. Furthermore, the poison centers provide physician valuable information during the treatment of acute poisoning cases by various out-of-the-ordinary toxicologic cases, as well as providing important follow-up with patients. This bill would make such assistance unavailable.

Additionally, this bill would largely eliminate toxicology research, fellowships, and perhaps an entire branch of emergency medicine. If you think this would not affect you, ask around - if you know anyone who has children, ask how safe child safety pill bottles really are, or how easily a kid can get into that cupboard below the sink. Ask if your neighbors happen to keep snakes (copperheads, pit vipers, and other poisonous snakes are, curiously, often kept as household pets), or if you could ever be exposed to a biologic agent at home, work, the airport, etc... This is not an abstract idea, this is something that will impact your life. Please, take three minutes to contact your senators and representatives ASAP - this is easy, there is even a link with a pre-written letter, all you have to do is click the "send" button.

http://www.aapcc.org/dnn/AAPCC/SaveOurPoisonCenters.asp...

Thanks for taking the time to read this, please pass it on to anyone else that might be willing to help,
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 09:18 PM
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1. Here is what my daughter says about DU and the way you all jumped in to help:
"You guys are a force of nature. :c) This one is all you guys. Thank you for helping!!"
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Zoigal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 10:59 PM
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2. Am sure Sen Boxer would vote against it, but
reminded her just in case. Honestly can't comprehend the ignorance of the present Republicans
in Congress. Thank your daughter for bringing this to our attention.....z
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FourScore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 11:39 PM
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3. Done! nt
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