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ACMT to Present Hazards of Hedonism, Vanity, and Vice - July 31, 2012

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Medications and surgical procedures used in the pursuit of vanity and eternal youth may
produce dangerous side effects, complications and sometimes death. To educate physicians on
the growing array of potentially hazardous products that consumers are exposed to, the
American College of Medical Toxicology will present an educational symposium entitled
“Vanity and Vice: Toxicology in the Sin City.” on October 1st in Las Vegas at the North
American Congress of Clinical Toxicology.
 
Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) July 31, 2012 -- The pursuit of elevated energy, eternal youth, and an ideal of
beauty has lead to increased demand for products that may help individuals achieve these goals. In response to
demand, the number and variety of medications, procedures, and other products available to consumers
continues to increase, with many of these untested or of unproven efficacy. In order to provide health care
professionals with the latest information on toxicological risks posed by many of these products, the American
College of Medical Toxicology will host “Vanity and Vice: Toxicology in the Sin City” on October 1st in Las
Vegas at the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology. This educational symposium will examine a
myriad of health hazards associated with medications and procedures used to enhance physical appearance and
athletic and sexual performance. Scientific review of illness associated with breast implants, risks of high-dose
anesthetics used during surgical procedures, potential for harm following the use of botulinum toxin, and the
dangers of anabolic steroid use are some of the topics that will be covered. Leaders in the specialty of medical
toxicology will discuss the potential complications and adverse effects as well as describe the treatment
approaches when undesired health effects occur.
 
The session will explore in depth the history and toxicology of celebrity drug overdoses, opioid addiction,
adolescent drug detoxification units, and the neurochemistry behind addictions. Evolving treatment options for
substance abuse will be examined. The day will conclude with a panel discussion on potential methods of harm
reduction in opioid overdose including dispensing naloxone to non-medical personnel and Good Samaritan
legislation.
 
Michele Burns, M.D., the chair of the ACMT Education Committee, states “Medical toxicologists around the
world often care for people suffering severe consequences from misguided attempts to maintain or regain a
youthful appearance and energy level.“ According to Lewis Nelson, MD, President of ACMT and a member of
the Opioid Overdose Prevention Panel featured during this symposium, “Intensive education is needed to raise
both public and professional awareness of the potential harms that may result from questionably safe health
practices, particularly when provided outside of traditional health care settings.”
 
The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) is a professional, nonprofit association of physicians
with recognized expertise in medical toxicology. The College is dedicated to advancing the science and practice
of medical toxicology.
 
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American College of Medical Toxicology
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623-533-6340
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