Use of Unregulated Supplements Can Cause Harm

In August 2019, the Blue Ridge Poison Control Center received a call regarding a patient who experienced hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) after using the supplement pill “V8”, which had been purchased at a gas station.  Over the next month, 12 additional cases were reported from hospitals.  An investigation by the Central Virginia Health District and the University of Virginia discovered that the supplement, which had been sold at several gas stations and convenience stores, contained a medicine used to treat diabetes.  VDH worked to remove the V8 pills from stores where they were known to be sold, to prevent future exposures.

One risk of using unregulated supplements is that they may include unlabeled ingredients, which can be harmful. If you suspect that you are experiencing health effects due to poisoning, or have questions regarding this incident, call 1-800-222-1222.

October 26 is Prescription Drug Take Back Day

October 26, 2019 is the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  Follow this link to find a collection site near you for an opportunity safely and anonymously turn in prescription drugs.  This can prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths, and can also prevent accidental poisoning to children or pets.  Turning in prescription drugs is a safe alternative to flushing drugs into public wastewater systems, which can end up in drinking water and pollute the environment.

If you cannot attend this event, contact your local police department about future events, or follow the EPA’s recommendations.