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The Palmetto Poison Center is staffed by health care professionals, including pharmacists and nurses, who are formally trained in toxicology as specialists in poison information. We provide free advice and education to South Carolina residents about exposure to poisonous and toxic materials.

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News Archive

Yes, eating an old baked potato could cause serious illness
WLTX News 19 (Columbia, SC) - November 9, 2023

Halloween safety:Take the fright out of Halloween night!
The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, SC) - October 27, 2023

Snake bites up in South Carolina
WLTX News 19 (Columbia, SC) - October 26, 2023

‘It’s intentionally made to look for kids’: Doctors warn about dangers of ingesting edibles
WMBF News (Myrtle Beach, SC) - July 20, 2023

Experts give advice on dealing with snakes as bites are up in South Carolina in 2023
WBTW News 13 (Myrtle Beach, SC) - July 17, 2023

Too much water can cause medical issues
WLTX News 19 (Columbia, SC) - July 14, 2023

Palmetto Poison Center discusses food safety
Fox Carolina (Greenville, SC) - June 29, 2023

Here’s what to do if a copperhead bites you in SC and you don’t have cell phone service 
The State (Columbia, SC) - June 20, 2023

EDITORIAL: Poisoning is more prevalent and deadly
The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, SC) - March 23, 2023

March 19-25 is National Poison Prevention Week
The Lancaster News (Lancaster, SC) - March 21, 2023

Palmetto Poison Center Urges Safety Precautions
The Daniel Island News (Charleston, SC) - March 20, 2023

National Poison Prevention Week to be observed beginning March 19
WPDE ABC News 15 (Myrtle Beach/Florence, SC) - March 17, 2023

Potential dangers of children swallowing water beads
WRDW-TV (Augusta, GA) - February 9, 2023

Eight students sickened by gummy edibles at Richland One school
WLTX News 19 (Columbia, SC) - February 1, 2023

Thanksgiving Safety: Don’t Let Food Poisoning Gobble Up Your Good Time!
The Dillon Herald (Dillon, SC) - November 17, 2022

Palmetto Poison Center Halloween safety tips for kids
Fox Carolina (Greenville, SC) - October 31, 2022

EDITORIAL: Poisoning is more prevalent and deadly
The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, SC) - March 24, 2022

SC leaders warn parents of unintentional poisonings through household items
WMBF News (Myrtle Beach, SC) - March 21, 2022

Protect your household from CO
The Newberry Observer (Newberry, SC) - February 8, 2022

Don't let food poisoning gobble up your good time
The Newberry Observer (Newberry, SC) - November 25, 2021

Halloween safety tips
The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, SC) - October 29, 2021

SC poison control sees uptick in calls about controversial anti-parasitic ivermectin
The State (Columbia, SC) - September 22, 2021

SC doctor warns about misinformation on unproven COVID-19 treatment
FOX Carolina News (Greenville) - August 31, 2021

Hilton Head woman was bitten 3 times by copperhead snake. What she did to survive
The Herald (Rock Hill) - May 11, 2021

EDITORIAL: Poisoning is more prevalent and deadly
The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg) - March 25, 2021

SC residents invited to observe National Poison Prevention Week
ABC 4 News (Columbia) - March 21, 2021

Local experts urge parents to watch for choking hazards on Christmas
WSPA News 7 (Spartanburg) - December 22, 2020

State poison control experts warn of holiday dangers
Live 5 WCSC (Charleston) - December 21, 2020

Serving up Thanksgiving food safety tips; turkey thawing, cooking recommendations
WBTW News 13 (Horry County) - November 25, 2020

Palmetto Poison Center discusses staying safe this Thanksgiving
ABC News 4 (Columbia) - November 23, 2020

Poison Control Center Receives Continued Accreditation
University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy - November 16, 2020

Fluffy caterpillar one of the most venomous in the United States
WTOC 11 (Savannah) - October 21, 2020

SC poison center sees increase in calls about children ingesting hand sanitizer amid pandemic
WSPA News 7 (Spartanburg) - August 20, 2020

Palmetto Poison Center Director Receives National Board Appointment
University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy - July 9, 2020

Palmetto Poison Center Hosts Facebook Live Events for Safety Education
University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy - June 2, 2020

Grand Strand Medical doctor, Palmetto Poison Center report snake bite increase 
WBTW News 13 (Florence) - May 13, 2020

Palmetto Poison Center seeing shift in calls 
WBTW News 13 (Florence) - April 30, 2020

Poison control center: don't use disinfectants on your body 
Fox Carolina (Greenville) - April 24, 2020

Increase in disinfectant calls at Roper St. Francis and across the state
ABC News 4 (Charleston) - April 22, 2020

Face-To-Face: Palmetto Poison Center program impacts lives by teaching medication safety
University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy - January 10, 2020

Palmetto Poison Center USC offers holiday safety tips 
WLTX News 19 (Columbia) - December 11, 2019

No one is thankful for fires or food poisoning. How to avoid the ER this Thanksgiving
Myrtle Beach Online (Myrtle Beach) - November 26, 2019

VIDEO: How to keep hidden hazards from impacting your Turkey Day feast
ABC Columbia (Columbia) - November 25, 2019

The Snake Chaser: Drought, development are causes of the record number of snake bites this year
WBTW News 13 (Florence) - November 4, 2019

Midlands homeowner ready for Halloween after seeing more than 2,000 trick-or-treaters in 2018 
WIS News 10 (Columbia) - October 31, 2019

Halloween safety tips from Palmetto Poison Center 
WLTX News 19 (Columbia)  - October 30, 2019

Snake bites at record pace in SC, but, no, they’re not drought thirsty 
The Post and Courier (Charleston) - October 17, 2019

Number of snake bite reports skyrocket in South Carolina
WCSC-TV (Myrtle Beach) - October 9, 2019

Copperhead strikes: Holly Hill man recovering after two bites
The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg) - June 19, 2019

Palmetto Poison Center receives largest project funding award in its history
University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy - March 27, 2019

Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning during power outage
The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg) - January 13, 2019


Generator use during power outage could increase carbon monoxide poisoning risk 
WCSC-TV (Myrtle Beach) - September 11, 2018

The teen was mowing the lawn when snakes attacked — and started biting
The State (Columbia) - July 15, 2018

A family going for a swim grabs a pool noodle. Rattlesnakes were living inside, fire dept. says
The State (Columbia) - June 24, 2018

Bad year for snake bites in SC? What you need to know before peak snake season
The Island Packet (Beaufort) - June 20, 2018

South Carolina’s poison center steps in as snake bites hit near-record pace
The Post and Courier (Charleston) - June 16, 2018

It's an Active Snake Season in South Carolina
WLTX News 19 (Columbia) - May 22, 2018

33 snakebites this year in South Carolina, and keep an eye out at the beach, too
Greenville News Online (Greenville) - May 15, 2018

Watch your step, Lowcountry! 4 things to know if you encounter a venomous snake
The Island Packet (Beaufort) - May 4, 2018

VERIFY: Is Boiling Fabuloso on the Stove Hazardous to Your Health
WLTX News 19 (Columbia) - March 21, 2018

Poison Center is There 24/7 When Accidents Happen
South Carolina Public Radio (Columbia) - March 12, 2018

Yes, people really are eating Tide Pods in SC
The State (Columbia) - January 29, 2018


Warming up cars in a garage could be fatal; Midlands family now using tragedy to teach
WACH Fox 57 (Columbia) - December 13, 2017

Turkey tips: avoid food poisoning this Thanksgiving
ABC Columbia (Columbia) - November 21, 2017

South Carolina venomous snakes biting at record pace
The Post and Courier (Charleston) - May 20, 2017

Watch your step, Lowcountry! Here’s 4 things you need to know about venomous snake bites
The Island Packet (Beaufort) - May 20, 2017

South Carolina snake bites up 30 percent in 2017
ABC News 4 (Charleston) - May 3, 2017


Palmetto Poison Center staff tapped for national leadership roles 
University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy - September 22, 2016

Myrtle Beach area pets are sniffing up snakes
Myrtle Beach Online - July 18, 2016

What To Do if You've Eaten Recalled Food
WLTX News 19 (Columbia) - June 8, 2016


Herpetologist bitten by a rattlesnake and taipan says snakes get bad rap
The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg) - November 2, 2014


DNR: 60% of snake bites are alcohol-related
WIS News 10 (Columbia) - July 6, 2012


5 Surprising Halloween Health Hazards
LiveScience - October 28, 2011

Press Releases

03/17/2023 Palmetto Poison Center Observes National Poison Prevention Week [pdf]

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