The granddaddy of all state-run poison control centers this year had announced it would close in July since has been running at a deficit since 2009. But at the end of May, both the Illinois House and Senate finalized legislation to provide the center with a reliable source of funding. The bill now awaits a signature from Governor Pat Quinn.
The Illinois Poison Control Center, currently a program of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC), opened in 1953 and was the first in the nation. The organization operates a confidential 24-hour hotline.
The IPC is a national thought leader and works to educate physicians and other health care professionals, according to Janine Sheedy, a spokesperson with the Illinois Poison Control Center.
“Ten percent or more of the residents who enter medical toxicology have their roots in training with the IPC and Toxikon,” she said, “and the IPC is one of the largest developers of academic medical toxicologists in the nation.” Read More