Employees, staff, and other friends of the Maryland Poison Center gathered for its 50th anniversary.

From using paper records and operating out of a basement of a building that is no longer on the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus, to becoming a thriving solution-providing center, the Maryland Poison Center’s (MPC) five decades of service were celebrated Oct. 19 with a reception and reflections on its storied history and influence.

“Today is a celebration of 50 years of the Maryland Poison Center at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy [UMSOP],” said Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP, UMSOP dean and professor, as she welcomed current and former MPC staff, faculty, retirees, collaborators, local health officials, and UMB leadership to the celebration in Pharmacy Hall. MPC has been a free public service through UMSOP since 1972.

“That’s 50 years of serving the citizens of the state and managing poisoning or overdose emergencies,” Eddington said. “That’s 50 years of working with health care professionals to educate them on best practices in poisoning care. And that’s 50 years of educating the public about poison safety. I am tremendously proud of the impact the Maryland Poison Center has in our state and proud that it is part of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy community.”

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