In the News 2023-2024

The New Jersey Poison Control Center collaborates with the media to inform the public about potential poisoning dangers and how to prevent accidental poison exposures. Here’s the latest media coverage featuring our Poison Experts!

Press and Media Inquiries

For information and interview requests, contact Alicia Gambino, Director of Educational Services, 973-972-9280 or [email protected]

Available for Interviews:

Diane P. Calello, MD, Executive and Medical Director, NJ Poison Control Center at Rutgers NJ Medical School

Bruce Ruck, Pharm.D., Managing Director, NJ Poison Control Center at Rutgers NJ Medical School

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Two young children playing outside and licking snow


Weather Questions: How Safe Is It To Eat Illinois Snow?

The Ticket Sports Radio, January 19, 2024

Decorated Christmas tree with ornaments and bows (ANASTASIIA KRIVENOK//GETTY IMAGES)

Light blue wrapped gift box with silver ornaments.



Keep the Holidays Merry and Bright

River Dell Patch, December 21, 2023

Poison centers are reporting a sharp increase in calls about the drug semaglutide, which Novo Nordisk sells as Wegovy for treating weight loss. Uncredited / AP



Weight-loss drugs prompt calls to poison centers

Philly Inquirer, December 20, 2023

Wild mushroom poisonings are not unique to New Jersey, with foraging growing in popularity throughout the country. Photo credit Dave Hernandez. Dave Hernandez | For NJ Advance


Poisonous mushrooms sickened 159 in N.J. this year amid foraging renaissance, December 19, 2023

The saliva test for COVID-19, developed by Rutgers researchers, is the first FDA-approved at-home test for the virus.

How Rutgers Health Mobilized to Fight COVID-19

Rutgers Health, November 13, 2023

Image of a White amanitas (Amanita phalloides) mushrooms (Doubravka Pozarova/Canva)


Highly Poisonous NJ Mushrooms Hospitalizing More People

WPG Talk Radio 95.5 FM, October 18, 2023

Common sources of lead found in homes include lead-based paint.


America Has Shortage of Key Lead-Poisoning Drug

Wall Street Journal, July 11, 2023

Hand with the word "Suicide" written across it in red letters.

Photo Credit: filipefrazao, ThinkStock

Sad teen youth sitting on the bed

Photo Credit: sestovic, Getty Images Signature

Person holding a blister pack of round pills.

Photo from the Rutgers Today story.


More Kids Rushed to Hospital After Eating Gummies

Good Morning America, April 7, 2023


More money set to treat lead poisoning in children

NJ Spotlight News, April 4, 2023

Two snow men



Is it safe to eat snow?, February 15, 2023