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Intentional Exposures in Older Adults

Most calls to the Washington Poison Center regarding older adults (ages 60+) are about mistakes with medications. In recent years, however, the poison center has noted increasing calls about intentional exposure reasons, including substance use and self-harm or suspected suicide. Join the Washington Poison Center’s Medical Director and one of the center’s Public Health Educators as they discuss call trends, the unique concerns for older adults with intentional exposures, common substances and their considerations, and harm reduction strategies for providers, older adults, and/or their loved ones. 

Speakers: Scott Phillips, MD and Meghan King, MPH

Medical Director
Washington Poison Center
Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Medical Toxicology, Dr. Scott Phillips is the Medical Director of the Washington Poison Center. Dr. Phillips maintains an active practice in Washington where he was born and raised. As a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, and the American College of Medical Toxicology, Dr. Phillips is dedicated to ongoing education and teaching. Focusing on environmental toxicology and health risk assessment, Dr. Phillips has authored over 200 articles, chapters and abstracts as well as several textbooks on medical toxicology.


Meghan King, MPH
Public Health Education & Communications Specialist
Washington Poison Center
Meghan King, MPH is a Public Health Education and Communications Specialist at the Washington Poison Center, where she develops and provides community education on substance use, medication safety, basic poison prevention, and more. Prior to the Washington Poison Center, she worked for the King County Youth Marijuana Prevention & Education Program and for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meghan received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice.

Date and Time: 
August 16, 2022 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Zoom (virtual)