The Poison Review Podcast

The TPR Podcast is produced jointly by The Poison Review blog, and the Division of Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine at the John H. Stroger, Jr Hospital of Cook County (formerly Cook County Hospital). The goal is to provide a regular forum for discussion of issues involving issues of toxicology in clinical medicine, in culture, and in history. We plan to feature reviews of important and relevant medical literature, coverage of toxicology in the news, and some of our favorite examples of drugs and poisons in popular songs.

We invite comments, suggestions, and criticism, which can be e-mailed to tpreditor@gmail.com

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TPR Podcast Episode #6: I’m tripping and I can’t get down

October 6, 2014, 11:52 pm

Although summer is over and the polar vortex is knocking at the door, in this episode of the TPR podcast we look back at massive summer music festivals and the drugs which can be encountered among attendees. Theresa Kim, Leon Gussow, and guest discussant Dr.Tim Erickson cover agents such as synthetic cathinones ("bath salts"), piperazine compounds, GHB, methoxetamine, and "N-bomb."
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TPR Podcast Episode #5: Don’t Harsh Our Mellow, Dude!

July 10, 2014, 10:46 pm

Earlier this year, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd published a column describing her misadventures with legalized edible marijuana products in Denver, shortly after recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado. Apparently not understanding the toxicology or pharmacology of THC and other marijuana constituents, she ingested multiple doses of an infused candy bar and became, it is accurate to say, epically baked. This podcast reviews papers discussing the pharmacokinetics of marijuana, as well as potential adverse health effects of marijuana use. Guaranteed not to give you the munchies.
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Episode #4: Poisoning and the diagnosis of brain death

May 20, 2014, 5:44 pm

Diagnosing brain death is an endeavor fraught with peril, especially when drug overdose is a possible cause of deep coma. In this episode, we will talk about a famous case from New York in which a patient awoke on the operating table just as surgeons were about to harvest her organs for donation, and medical articles discussing diagnostic criteria for brain death.
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TPR Podcast Episode #3: Kaboom! – Exploding Toxicology

March 23, 2014, 7:47 pm

Most poisons get absorbed systemically and cause havoc in various biochemical and physiological operations. Some are caustics or irritants that can damage skin or mucosa. Very few explode, In episode 3 of the TPR podcast, we cover those that can go kaboom, along with the dreaded jalaproctitis. And, of course, we have a puzzler — the first correct answer will win a $10 Amazon gift certificate. To view the show notes, click "Read More" below.
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TPR Podcast Episode #2: Chinese Restaurant Toxicology

February 21, 2014, 8:17 pm

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the Chinese restaurant. Episode #2 of the TPR podcast features the toxicology of Chinese food, including Hunan hand, durian-induced hyperkalemia, the soy sauce challenge, and more! To read the show notes, click on "Read More" below.
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Episode #1 Addendum

February 5, 2014, 2:55 pm

The controversial case report concerning a patient with "krokodil"-induced soft tissue damage, which appeared as an unedited manuscript on the American Journal of Medicine, and then disappeared mysteriously and without explanation, was discussed on Episode #1 of the TPR podcast. That report has now reappeared as a letter to the editor. We discuss this development in a short addendum, along with suggestions for details that should be included in reports of "krokodil" exposure.
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Episode 1: What is ‘Krokodil’

January 16, 2014, 2:14 pm

30 year old male from St. Louis area presents with left arm pain after injecting a “cheaper homemade [heroin] substitute prepared from codeine” presumed to be krokodil.
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