Florida Poison Information Center

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It’s a rather remarkable number: In 2017, over 130,000 calls were made to Poison Control centers in Florida. 

Bill: Tone Down Colorful Detergent Pods

Feb 16, 2015

A year ago, poison control centers were flooded with calls about children eating detergent pods, colorful, sweet-smelling packets used for laundry and dishes that were being mistaken for candy.

There are thousands of videos on YouTube with young people trying something called the "cinnamon challenge." People try to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon in less than a minute without any liquid. They sputter, cough and choke from the dry powder. 

"If you think about it, there's nothing about this that makes people feel good, except maybe looking at the video after the fact," said Dr. Steven Lipshultz, professor of pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "And for some, it could have short-term or even lifetime health risks."