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Publish Date: 12/11/00
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NetWellness Experts Provide Tips for Avoiding Holiday Hazards

Cincinnati--NetWellness experts from The Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center have created a web tip sheet on how to stay safe during the holidays. "The holidays are a time for coming together of family and friends. We do not want those occasions to be marred with any emergencies caused by poisoning hazards," said Gaylene B. Tsipis, MS, RPh, co-director of The Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center and assistant professor of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Pharmacy.

"During the holidays, schedules are disrupted and there are many seasonal items in the house that children are not used to. That mix creates the most common scenario for poisonings to occur. Our message is to be aware and be careful," said Tsipis. "Tips for Avoiding Holiday Hazards" can be accessed by going to the NetWellness homepage and clicking on the picture of the featured experts. In addition, NetWellness is providing a direct link from its site to nationally recognized poison control and information centers.

The Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center, part of Children's Hospital Medical Center, is a 24-hour emergency and technical information telephone service for a 22-county region in Ohio for anyone with concerns involving poison or drugs. The toll free crisis hotline number is 1-800-872-5111.

NetWellness is a non-profit consumer health Web site that provides high quality information created and evaluated by health professions faculty at the University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University, and Case Western Reserve University. Started in June 1995, NetWellness was one of the nation's first health web sites. For more information about Netwellness, contact Manish Kalvakota (513) 558-8766 or via email at

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