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The Tear Gas May Be Gone, But the Tears WIll Continue
(December 14, 2018)
"Thank you for calling the California Poison Control Center. What can I help you with, doctor?"
Poison control centers offer guidance to the public and healthcare providers on how to treat exposures to toxins. Most of the calls I make are about accidental ingestions: the toddler who swallowed a few of grandma's heart medication pills, or the infant who ate a candy-shaped laundry pod. This was the first time I had ever called regarding a chemical weapon.