Eliminating poison control? A net savings?
House Republicans voted this past month to eliminate all funding for poison control centers because it would save 27 million dollars. Louisiana tried that in the 1980s and found that they lost money on the deal because of resulting, avoidable ER visits. A study performed by the Journal of Medical Toxicology concluded that poison control centers saved the state of Arizona $33 million dollars per year. This is what happens when legislators pander to demagoguery: "savings" are touted, even if they result in a net loss. The governing principle becomes "talking the talk" not "walking the walk."