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Pesticides & Health

Information for Healthcare Providers

To speak with experts regarding pesticide toxicology and clinical management:

  • Carolinas Poison Center (CPC), 1-800-222-1222; request assistance. CPC has trained professionals to answer questions about pesticide toxicology and recommended treatment 24 hours a day.
  • National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) , 1-800-858-7378 An EPA-funded resource, NPIC provides information on pesticide toxicology and product-specific information. Find an MSDS (material safety data sheet) quickly by calling NPIC.
  • N.C. Division of Public Health – Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology, 919-707-5900 Speak with a DPH toxicologist or medical epidemiologist (MD).

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Clinical management resources:

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Pesticide training and education:

  • N.C. Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) External link - Continuing education opportunities for health care providers.
  • National Environmental Education Foundation: National Strategies for Health Care Providers: Pesticides Initiative External link - Developed to help educate health care providers on how to recognize, diagnose, and manage pesticide-related health conditions. Skill-building tools available.
  • N.C. Agromedicine Institute External link - A University of North Carolina inter-institutional institute whose partners are East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Offers continuing education opportunities for healthcare providers.

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Case studies:

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Patient teaching tools:

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): External link
    • See "General Consumer Publications" for safety tips, fact sheets, child safety and more.
    • See "Worker Protection Pesticide Safety Materials" for worker safety information such as:
      • Steps to Protect Yourself from Pesticides, U.S. EPA (735-F-95-002) (available in different languages)
      • Protect Yourself from Pesticides; Guide for Agricultural Workers, U.S. EPA (735-B-93-002) (available in English and Spanish)

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