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Upcoming Online Panel Discussion: "The Poison Center’s Role in Suicide Epidemiology"

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (December 2, 2022) - Coming up on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., the New York City and Upstate New York Poison Centers and the New York State Office of Mental Health's Suicide Prevention Center are hosting an expert panel event: The Poison Center’s Role in Suicide Epidemiology, which will highlight new suicide research and data. Presentations include:

  • 10:00 - 10:20 a.m. "Reliable Methods": Sodium Nitrite and Suicide
    -- Joshua Bloom, MD, PhD | NYC Poison Control Center
    -- Jeanna M Marraffa, PharmD, MPH, DABAT | Upstate New York Poison Center
  • 10:20 - 10:30 a.m. Suicide Prevention: The Importance of Lethal Means Reduction
    -- Alexi Saldamando, LCSW-R | Suicide Prevention Center of New York (SPCNY)
  • 10:30 - 10:50 a.m. Suicide Epidemiology: the Poison Center Perspective 
    -- Mark K Su, MD, MPH | NYC Poison Control Center
    -- Christine M. Stork, PharmD, MPH, DABAT | Upstate New York Poison Center
  • 10:50 - 11:00 a.m. Poison Centers: Organization and Background
    -- Maria Mercurio-Zappala RPh, MS, DABAT, FAACT | NYC Poison Control Center
  • 11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Questions and Answers

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. EST
Via video conference 
Please register here.

The NYC and Upstate New York Poison Centers provide services to New Yorkers. ​​​​Poison Centers are a 24/7 hotline for questions about possible risk exposures, identifying dangerous substances, medicine safety and more. Poison Centers are staffed by registered pharmacists and nurses certified in poison information and in a unique position to collect real-time data related to suicide epidemiology. All calls to a Poison Center are free and confidential. Translation services are available in 150 languages. To contact the Poison Center near you, call 1-800-222-1222. 

New York State Office of Mental Health’s Suicide Prevention Center of New York (SPCNY) is the lead entity in suicide prevention in the state. Its mission is to promote, coordinate, and strategically advance suicide prevention across the state with the aim of reducing suicide attempts and deaths among New Yorkers. While there is no single solution to preventing suicide, SPCNY combines a clinical and public health approach in its work.

For accommodation or interpretation requests, please contact: Sarah Goldberg [email protected], by November 28, 2022 at 5 p.m.

In the case of a poisoning or for information purposes, call the Upstate New York Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. We are open 24/7, 365 days a year. Each year our center manages more than 50,000 calls from health care providers, 911 operators, hospitals, industry, schools, and the general public in our 54-county service area.

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About Upstate New York Poison Center

Housed inside Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, the Upstate New York Poison Center is dedicated to reducing the number, cost and severity of poisonings within its designated 54-county service area as mandated by New York State Law. The Center is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to both health professionals and the general public at 1-800-222-1222.

About Upstate Medical University

SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, is the only academic medical center in Central New York. It is also the region's largest employer with 9,460 employees. Affiliated with the State University of New York, Upstate's mission is to improve the health of the community through education, biomedical research and health care.