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December 5, 2001

Toxic Landscaping of Facilities for Developmentally Disabled Adults

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor


Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

JAMA. 2001;286(21):2671. doi:10.1001/jama.286.21.2665

To the Editor: Developmentally disabled adults are at a high risk for unintentional poisoning. Plant foliage surrounding residential facilities and day-training centers serving these adults may pose a significant potential poisoning hazard. During a 4-week period in August to September 2000, 4 unintentional plant poisonings of developmentally disabled adults, including 1 fatality, were reported to the Illinois Poison Center by such residential facilities.

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