Pills & Thrills: What’s Trending?

Linda Kalin is the Executive Director of the Iowa Poison Control Center. She has over 30 years of experience in clinical toxicology and poison center activities. Linda began her career as an emergency room nurse and in 1989 became Iowa’s first Certified Specialist in Poison Information. Linda is a frequent lecturer and speaker throughout Iowa on topics involving drugs of abuse. She is currently serving on the American Association of Poison Control Centers Board of Directors as Treasurer.

China White. M30s. Goofball. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the ever-changing drug trends and street names. Learn about the new and dangerous substances emerging on the drug scene, including the increasing prevalence of novel psychoactive substances and illicit use of counterfeit pills.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify new and emerging drugs of abuse and describe their effects, toxicity, detection methods and management of overdose.
  2. Recognize the factors that increase risk for drug overdose deaths linked to illicit use of counterfeit pills and heroin containing fentanyl or other synthetic opioids.


View Linda Kalin’s PowerPoint Presentation