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How many times have you received an inquiry and had to turn away the prospective customer because you didn’t offer the toxicology test they needed? Are you offering only basic drug and alcohol testing services to your clients and wish you had alternative options to better assist them? Do you want to broaden your menu of services to more fully support your employer, medical, legal and school clients?

ExperTox is the single source laboratory solution for community-based drug and alcohol testing businesses across the country. You don’t have to be limited to “standard” tests and services; join the toxicology laboratory known for its comprehensive offering of drug, alcohol, poison and toxin testing services. We’re different and can help you make a difference. 

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Become a Collection Site for ExperTox

ExperTox provides toxicology testing services to clients across the U.S. On many occasions, we contract with drug and alcohol testing businesses to perform specimen collections or to subcontract under Requests for Proposal. 

If you are interested in being listed as a collection site for ExperTox, complete the attached Collection Site Service Agreementand return to us via fax, 281-930-8856.

Collection Site Protocols and Forms

Contracted collection sites are required to follow ExperTox’s specimen collection protocols and utilize ExperTox’s collection supplies. Below are our downloadable protocols and supply order form for your use upon approval of your collection site application: 

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Poison Prevention for your Household

On behalf of last week’s Poison Prevention Week, we have the Top 5 Tips to help keep you and your children safe from all poisons in your home.

According to the New York State Department of Health, people should keep all poisons, including medications, cosmetics, household cleaners and chemicals, plants and other poisonous substances out of the reach of children.

  1. Child Proofing/Education – Always keep medication in its original container, away from children. Remember to secure all lids after use. Never tell your children that medicine is candy. Educate your children on the dangers of misusing medication. Make sure to read labels carefully before giving medicine to your children or other family members.
  2. Dispose of Medication Properly – while you may have heard that the best solution to dispose of expired or unwanted medication is to flush it or pour it down the drain, that is not safe. Instead, crush the pills and mix them with old coffee grounds, sand or kitty litter.
  3. Storage Solutions – We recommend that you do not store medication in the bathroom or kitchen. The bathroom is warm and moist and can cause changes or disintegration of the product. Poisonous or toxic products should be kept in a locked cabinet.
  4. Do Your Research – You should be aware of household plants that are dangerous to pets, but there are also plants that are poisonous to humans. Do your research on plants in your house and keep them out of the reach of children.
  5. Garage Poisons – Anti-freeze, windshield washing fluid and other similar products should be stored in a locked cabinet. Childproof safety latches can be purchased at your local hardware store.

An unknown poison and toxin analysis tests for unknown chemicals, poisons and toxins that include but are not limited to pesticides, organic exposure chemicals, painting or cleaning products, rodent poison, volatiles and inhalants. This analysis does not test for drugs or heavy metals. No two situations are alike, so contact ExperTox for assistance if you suspect poisoning or toxic exposure.

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National Poison Prevention Week March 14-20, 2010

The Southeast Texas Poison Center (SETPC) invites you to participate in this year’s National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW) starting March 14-20, 2010.  During this week, poison centers across the United States partner with various organizations such as  local pharmacies, physician offices, businesses and schools to help raise awareness about the dangers of poisons, ways to  prevent poisonings and how to access the toll free 24 hour emergency  help line at 1-800-222-1222.  We try very hard to reach all communities, but cannot reach everyone.  To make sure your community hears about the poison center, please assist in distributing our phone number 1-800-222-1222 and our website address:

Jon Thompson, Director of the SETPC, comments, “Poisoning is a public health problem-unintentional poisoning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in Texas and nationwide. Poison centers are our nation’s primary defense against injury and deaths from poisoning.”

The SETPC is a 24-hour poison information and emergency treatment resource for the public and healthcare professionals in 28 designated counties of southeast Texas. Located on the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, it is certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers as a regional poison center, and is one of six poison centers comprising the Texas Poison Center Network established in 1994 by the Texas Legislature to provide poison prevention and treatment information to Texas residents and healthcare providers. By dialing 800-222-1222, callers have access to a network of health care professionals: nurses, pharmacists, paramedics and physicians who have extensive education, training and expertise in the field of clinical toxicology or poisoning. This free access number works similarly to 911 in that all calls are directed to the designated regional poison center, and it has the capability to translate calls in a variety of languages, including Spanish. The SETPC also conducts public education activities for teachers, students, and other groups in an effort to create safer environments for Texas residents. Funding for the poison center is provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources, and through public and private donations.

NPPW is only one week per year, but poison prevention is a 52 week, year-round activity. Be poison smart and call the poison center at 800-222-1222 anytime of day for answers to any question about poison. Thank you for your support of the poison center.

Jon D. Thompson, Director, UTMB Southeast Texas Poison Center

We would like to thank the UTMB Southeast Texas Poison Center for all that they do year-round  to support poison prevention and especially Jon Thompson and Wendy Allen, Community Education Specialist, for the information on National Poison Prevention Week.

A Thanksgiving Tribute

In the words of the late, great Elvis, “Thank you….thank you very much.” [insert lip curl here]. 

This is the week where we all reflect on what we are thankful for.  Here is our tribute to you – our clients, Facebook fans, Twitter followers, advocates and referrers, and all who support our mission:

Pet Poisoning – From The Household to Pet Food Contamination

Our pets are very special, and the last thing we want is for them to become gravely ill.  Poisons and toxins, from everyday products to unknown contaminants brought over 140,000 calls to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (ASPCA) in 2008.


The main causes for pet poisoning are usually found in or around our homes.  Pets that ingest some of the below-listed common poisons and toxins may have symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, excessive urination or thirst, hyperactivity, seizures and even death:

  • Human medications, from over-the-counter to prescription.  All it takes is one dropped pill on the floor.  Pain relievers such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen are common culprits.
  • Plants
    • Lillies
    • Sago Palm
    • Tulip/Naricissus Bulbs
    • Oleander
    • Insecticides/Rodenticides
    • “People” Food, including but not limited to
      • Chocolate
      • Grapes/Raisins
      • Avocado
    • Chemicals
      • Anti-Freeze
      • Paint Thinner
      • Pool/Spa Chemicals
      • Household Cleaners
      • Fertilizer

There is also the possibility of contaminated pet food.  According to Dr. Ernest Lykissa, Forensic Toxicologist and ExperTox’s Scientific Laboratory Director, there were a number of cases in 2006 and 2007 caused by contaminated pet food shipped from overseas, most specifically China.  Dr. Lykissa stated that international companies were paid more for dog food with higher protein content.  When the food came into port, samples were tested for nitrogen, found in protein.  Unfortunately, these companies were adding “junk” to the food that would spike the nitrogen, giving the perception the food was rich in nitrogen, therefore protein.  They were really adding substances such as melamine and cynuric acid, all highly toxic to pets yet increased the amount of nitrogen in the food.  Since that time, testing and inspection has changed to better monitor the pet food product. 

Then, there are the periodic cases of intentional poisoning – neighbors, friends, family members – feeding a pet food or a treat laced with a toxic substance.  The act is not usually meant to kill the animal, only to cause illness as an act of revenge, desire to get rid of the animal or other personal reason.  Yes, these cases do happen and figuring out what caused a pet to become ill can be challenging.

What can you do if you suspect pet poisoning?  First of all, see your veterinarian immediately.  You can also access the ASPCA Pet Poison Control Center at  Finally, if you have not been able to come up with an answer and need additional help, contact us.  ExperTox offers toxicology testing for pets, from individual chemicals and drugs that may be suspected to pet food panels, rodent poison panels and unknown drugs, poisons and toxins.

Have you experienced a situation where you thought your pet had been poisoned?  Share your story with us.


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