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September 2013 CFTN

An AACC/CAP Educational Newsletter for Toxicology Laboratories

Read the September 2013 Issue

Pediatric Toxicology
Labs Play Important Role in Poisonings
By Jennifer A. Lowry, MD

Poisonings are a leading and growing cause of injury and mortality among all age groups. They occur in a wide range of circumstances, including overdoses of illicit drugs, environmental exposures, suicides and suicide attempts, homicides, unintentional medication misuse, and accidental ingestion of household products.

Mushrooms: Magic or Deadly?
Two Types Cause Most Poisonings

By Barbarajean Magnani, PhD, MD

Although many toxic species of mushrooms grow throughout the world, two types cause the most poisonings.

Emerging Alcohol Biomarkers
PEth Could Provide New Capabilities
By David J. Kuntz, PhD, DABFT
Some 16 million Americans abuse alcohol, and the societal costs associated with this abuse exceed $185 billion annually.