The American Association of Poison Control Centers summarizes calls received about human exposures to poisons on an annual basis. The 1993 summary involves 1,751,476 exposures, reported to one of the 64 poison control centers nationwide. The 64 centers serve approximately 181 million people. Calls concerning a pesticide exposure represented about 4% of all 1993 contacts. Of these, 1,107 dealt with a fungicide, 7,059 with an herbicide, 49,378 with an insecticide, and 14,920 with a rodenticide. Ten pesticide-related deaths were reported: two involved rodenticides and eight were due to insecticide exposure. Eight of the ten were intentional abuse. Source: American Journal of Emergency Medicine 12(5) as reported in Kentucky Pest News, May 8, 1995.
This article originally appeared in the June 16, 1995 issue, p. 89.