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Thursday, November 10, 2011

14,270 Intentional Poisonings

Unfortunately, “date rape” is a real thing that happens all the time in America. Women who go out to bars or night clubs need to be extra vigilant in watching their beverages. It only takes a brief moment for someone to put a harmful substance inside your drink. A new government report showed that there were 14,270 intentional poisonings that resulted in Emergency Room visits in 2009. The report was conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) pointed out that nearly two-thirds of ER visits for intentional poisonings were by women.

One-third of intentional poisonings involve illegal drugs like marijuana, stimulants or Ecstasy, while 21 percent involve prescription drugs. In about half of intentional poisoning cases, victims were poisoned with a combination of drugs and alcohol.

“The danger of being tricked into ingesting an unknown substance is all too real at bars, raves, parties or concerts where alcohol and other substances are shared in a social manner,” SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde said in a news release. “Not only is the health of the person who is poisoned compromised, they are in jeopardy of falling prey to other crimes such as robbery and sexual assault. Clearly some common sense precautions like being aware can go a long way in protecting oneself from people with malicious intent.”

SAMHSA advises a person who suspects they may be the victim of an intentional poisoning to call the national Poison Help toll-free number, 1-800-222-1222.

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