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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

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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