Medical Toxicology

Emergency physicians are also specialized in the prevention, evaluation, treatment and monitoring of injury and illness from exposures to drugs and chemicals, as well as biological and radiological agents. Important areas of Medical Toxicology include acute drug poisoning; adverse drug events; drug abuse, addiction and withdrawal; chemicals and hazardous materials; venomous bites and stings; and environmental and workplace exposures. ER Physicians focus on diagnosing, preventing and treating poisonings and adverse reactions to medications, biological agents and environmental toxins. They are specialized to treat people who have a drug overdose, exposure to chemical hazards and ingestion of foodborne toxins.