Poison Prevention Points to Colorful Problem

Published: Mar. 21, 2017 at 1:27 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 23, 2017 at 3:10 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - This week is poison prevention week, timed to coincide with the start of spring... to remind families of the hazards that can sneak into spring cleaning and other projects.

Death is not the only risk of a poisoning.

Dr. Scott Letbetter, an emergency room physician at Covenant Health, says a there are common, colorful poisons can bring life-long problems instead.

He explains,for example, what could happen if a child drinks some colorful stuff in most garages.

"Windshield wiper fluid is blue. Antifreeze sometimes is green so it looks like juice or Koolaid. Initially, they might be kind of sleepy, but with the windshield wiper fluid with the methanol in it, it can in a big enough dose cause blindness which is irreversible."

Also, Dr. Letbetter says every spring, they see kids come in because they drank a poisonous product that someone moved to a smaller container like a soda bottle or a coffee can. Instead, he says always keep products in their original containers and automotive liquids (like medicines or vitamins) should be kept high up out of the reach of small children.

Poison Prevention Week runs from March 19 to 25.

That designation comes from an alliance of government and non-profit organizations. For more prevention tips and information, go to

Also, keep this number handy. The National Poison Help Hotline is 1-800-222-1222.

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