Yuka Yoneda

House of Representatives Votes to Cut 93% of Funding for Poison Control Centers

by , 03/23/11
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Now this is a story that has us scratching our heads for sure. Last Saturday, the House of Representatives voted to cut $27.3 million (about 93%) of federal funding for poison control centers across the U.S. – a move that puts us (especially children, who are prone to ingesting toxic chemicals by mistake) at risk. Luckily, the bill was rejected by the Senate on March 9 but congressional leaders are negotiating a so-called compromise and may still cut vital funding to poison control centers across the nation.

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4 Comments

  1. lazyreader March 24, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Can’t the companies that make the stuff, have it’s own poison control centers networked together. Windex is great for windows but I was never dumb enough to drink it.

  2. clarketom March 24, 2011 at 4:52 am

    I’m scratching my head wondering why the author conveniently forgets to point out that the proposal is to cut 93% of federal grant funding, not 93% of the centers budgets. the centers are 80% funded by the states?

    Duh! I know why, because thats not sensational and it doesnt push the “look what the evil Republicans are cutting now agenda” of this website. No children are going to die, and no phones calls are going to a recording. 27 million divided among 57 call centers serving 46 states (4 states outsource to Colorado to save money) pretty sure a large number can be closed and their call volumes directed to other facilities.

    Yuka, your ignorance and bias are showing.

    Ditto caeman. But this site constantly spins the most mundane stories to its own political ends.

  3. wallaby420 March 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Firstly, I really don’t care about the authors (of this piece or otherwise) leanings. The site has some cool articles and I am intelligent enough to see where I disagree with an author without having to fuss about it.

    However, aren’t poison control centers redundent now? As a parent I do my best to teach my children to not partake of poisons. I try to keep and eye on them to make sure they don’t even get a hold of it. However, if one of my kids did get a hold of some, my first thought would be to call 911 not the poison control center.

  4. caeman March 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    This is a web site about the environment, being green, recycling, etc. Since when is it a liberal mouth piece to denigrate a political party? It is already obvious the liberal leanings of the writers of this site, but you’ve shown a complete lack of journalistic integrity with this article.

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