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Advocacy, Education, and Outreach

Both Drs. Jay Arena and Shirley Osterhout became actively involved in advocacy and educational activities to help prevent accidental poisonings. In 1959, Dr. Arena left the Poison Control Center to be active as a national speaker and writer on poison control topics, and Dr. Osterhout became clinical director of the Poison Control Center. As Dr. Arena worked on legal advocacy for proper packaging and dosage and served as an expert witness in many poisoning cases, Dr. Osterhout participated in educational activities, talks, and consultant work. Both physicians were featured as toxicology experts on television and radio shows, and both were nationally recognized as experts on poison control issues

1934
Drs. Arena and Davison note the dangers of lye poisons and try to get the sale of lye banned in NC

1959
Dr. Arena leaves DPCC to be active as a national speaker and writer on poison control topics.

1950s
Dr. Arena leads push for drug companies to develop the childproof safety cap.

1960
Passage of Uniform Hazardous Substance Act (Child Safety Act). It requires warning labels on hazardous household products.

1967
Dr. Arena appointed by FDA to serve on Committee to Develop Standards for Safety Closures.

1960s and 1970s
Dr. Arena acts as expert witness in court cases involving ingestion of poisons.

1970
Your Child and Household Safety is published (authored by Jay Arena).

1970
Poison Prevention Packaging Act is passed. Arena testifies before Senate Committee on Commerce to support the passage of this act.

1971
Dangers to Children and Youth is published, authored by Jay Arena.

1976
Dr. Arena serves as consumer representative on the Technical Advisory Committee on Poison Prevention Packaging, for the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

1978
Dr. Osterhout serves as consumer representative on the Technical Advisory Committee on Poison Prevention Packaging, for the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

"Many parents are more concerned that they know treatment so they never make any attempt to poison-proof the home or teach the children to be aware and to avoid danger. In many cases, no matter how well the parents are prepared to treat, it may be useless and too late! Prevention is far better at saving lives."

--Dr. Osterhout in a letter to a leader of a Girl Scout Troop, in 1967

Dr. Osterhout's Dollhouse

Rooms in a dollhouse crafted by Dr. Osterhout. Dr. Osterhout traveled widely and displayed the dollhouse in order to illustrate poisoning and safety hazards and to inspire parents to implement prevention techniques. The dollhouse was displayed at health fairs to illustrate poisoning and safety hazards. Select an image to listen to Dr. Osterhout discusses items in that room.

The history of the Duke Poison Control Center history is marked with innovation, compassion, and excellence. The center leaves an impressive legacy with the North Carolina community and has raised awareness of poison prevention and safety issues throughout the world.

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