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Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism: Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs) & Toxic Industrial Materials (TIMs)

In recent years, there has been growing concern that many of the most likely threats of chemical terrorism involve so-called “agents of opportunity.”  Both common and unusual industrial agents may pose a considerable threat as potential terrorist weapons.  While an understanding of the traditional military chemical weapons (e.g. nerve agents) remains essential, an appreciation of the myriad of other potential toxic chemicals readily available in our society is crucial if we are to optimally prepare, identify and defend against chemical threats. Many toxic industrial chemicals are easily obtainable from multiple sources in our communities and pose a serious threat to health if accidentally released or intentionally disseminated. 

Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism Complete Course Description 

Course Target Audience

The information presented will be of interest to state and local first responders, EMTs, paramedics, emergency physicians, emergency response coordinators, public health officials, industrial hygienists and others involved with chemical terrorism preparedness and response. Our topic selection for each course is intended to prepare the response community for their upcoming OHA Demonstration Project Tabletop exercise. 

Module 9: Water, Food, and Medication as Vectors

This module explores the complexity and vulnerabilities of the water, food, and medication production and distribution systems. Historical examples of tampering are used to exemplify methods to identify and interdict chemical terrorism.

Module Objectives

By the end of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how U.S. drinking water is produced as a prototype for water, food, and medication systems.
  • Use past incidents of water, food, and drug contamination to identify system vulnerabilities and potential agents of concern.
  • Describe system-wide changes or legislation resulting from past accidental or terrorist events.
  • Identify resources detailing measures used to protect the water, food, and drug supplies.

Presenter 

Stolbach.jpgAndrew Stolbach, MD, FACMT
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD
 
Dr. Stolbach is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology. He serves as a consultant to the Maryland Poison Center, is a member of the Johns Hopkins Hospital P&T Committee, and is a Johns Hopkins IRB co-Chair.

He was a Magna cum laude graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Life Science along with a minor in history. He furthered his education at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine and received his Doctorate of Medicine Degree in 2002. Dr. Stolbach completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City from 2002-2005 where he was Chief Resident. He completed his Fellowship in Medical Toxicology at Bellevue Medical Center and New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Stolbach has received Honors and Awards including: The University Honors Medal for Scholarship in History (1998); Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society (1998); a 2010 ACMT/McNeil Products Award for Acetaminophen-Related Research and a grant from ATSDR for Airborne Particulate Matter Education. He is recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine, American College of Medical Toxicology, and American Academy of Clinical Toxicology.

Dr. Stolbach has developed a 10-part online toxicology training program that is currently being used by a number of emergency medicine residency programs. He has also created toxicology webinars and online modules for the American College of Medical Toxicology and United States ATSDR. He is currently writing a opioid prescribing teaching module for emergency and primary care providers.

Dr. Stolbach has multiple publications to his credit and many accomplishments and accreditations in his career including: In 1998, Dr. Stolbach was the Northeast Regional Greco-Roman Wrestling, Silver Medalist; In 2001, he completed the Marine Corps Marathon; In 2003, 2004, and 2006 he completed the New York City Marathon; In 2005, he completed the Baltimore Marathon.  

Module Recording and Materials

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