POISON CONTROL HIGHLIGHT
Sssssaving Arizonans, One Bite (or Sting) at a Time
You know you are in for a different sort of interview when in the middle of hearing the answer to your first question, you have to stop Dan Massey, PharmD, BCPS, to make sure you really are hearing the unmistakable noise of 30 agitated rattlesnakes.
Or when asked to describe himself, Steven Dudley, PharmD, DABAT, director of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center (AzPDIC), says with a laugh “In my free time I enjoy long walks on the beach and cooking bacon.”
No, it’s not typical. But neither is the center’s approach to making sure Arizonans are kept safe from accidental poisonings as well as bites and stings by venomous creatures. By having a variety of poisonous snakes, Gila monsters, scorpions and spiders in the AzPDIC, operators can quickly become familiar with and comfortable directing treatment of bites or stings.