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The American College of Medical Toxicology will present ‘Chemical Agents of Opportunity for
Terrorism’ in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on February 5th and 6th, 2014. The workshop will
provide training to emergency personnel and planners regarding both common and unusual
industrial agents which may pose a threat as potential weapons of terror.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) January 08, 2014 -- The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) will
present an educational workshop titled ‘Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism’on February 5th and 6th
in Ottawa, Ontario. The course, which is sponsored by the Canadian Safety and Security Program of the
Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit of Health Canada, will provide training to emergency
personnel and planners. The course focuses largely on toxic industrial chemicals that are easily obtainable from
multiple sources in communities and which pose a serious threat to health if accidentally released or
Eight course modules will cover important chemical hazards including industrial gases, such as cyanide and
chlorine, and neurotoxins, such as tetramine. In addition delayed-onset toxicants, such as dioxin and ricin, will
be included. The psychological sequelae of mass exposures will be discussed. Potential delivery mechanisms of
chemical agents, such as through the food and water supplies, and post-event monitoring will be covered.
Presentations by a number of Canadian and U.S. experts will provide participants with 2 days of interactive
instruction and practice in preparing for, responding to and mitigating chemical and natural disasters.
According to Chuck McKay, MD, a medical toxicologistwith the University of Connecticut School of Medicine
and a member of the course faculty, “This course is an opportunity for individuals from a variety of
backgrounds to bring their expertise to bear on complex problems. The interdisciplinary interactions are very
rewarding.” The course will be based in Ottawa, with additional remote access by webinar. Emergency
physicians, poison center personnel, and others involved in emergency planning and response in Canada are
welcome to contact courses(at)riskscience(dot)com for additional information regarding this invitation-only
ACMT first developed the Chemical Agents of Opportunity for Terrorism course 11 years ago under a contract
with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(ATSDR/CDC). ACMT has provided single-day training in chemical terrorism awareness and combined 2-day
chemical and radiation awareness training with the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site
(REAC/TS) more than 80 times to more than 10,000 participants in the United States and its territories.
Organizations may contact ACMTfor information on presenting this course to their members.
ACMT is a professional, non-profit association of physicians with recognized expertise in medical toxicology.
The College is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of medical toxicology through a variety of