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May 5, 2005

Expert To Discuss Health Hazards Of Methamphetamine Labs May 12

Methamphetamine drug labs are a growing public health hazard in Iowa, not only to those who produce the drugs, but also to those who clean up the laboratories. On Thursday, May 12, Ed Bottei, a specialist in medical toxicology, will discuss the chemicals used in methamphetamine synthesis and ways that cleanup workers can protect themselves.

The program, to be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 20 of the Nursing Building on the University of Iowa campus, is free and open to the public. It also will be broadcast live over the Iowa Communications Network and via streaming video on the Web.

In his talk, Bottei will explain the basic chemistry of methamphetamine synthesis, discuss the health hazards of the various classes of chemicals used in methamphetamine synthesis and review personal protection methods for dealing with methamphetamine laboratories.

Bottei is the medical director of the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center, state medical toxicologist for the Iowa Department of Public Health and clinical assistant professor in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the UI.

The program is part of the spring 2005 Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness (UMCPHP). Advanced registration is requested and may be completed online at www.public-health.uiowa.edu/icphp/grand_rounds/current_session. Links to the live Web broadcast, as well as archives of past presentations, are available on the center's site.

In addition, UI Television (UITV) will also show the archived presentation. More information about the UITV service area and program schedule can be found on the UITV Web site, www.its.uiowa.edu/tns/videoservices/uitv.htm.

The presentation is sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, based in the UI College of Public Health, and the Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies. UMCPHP is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a cooperative agreement with the Association of Schools of Public Health.

For more information on the Grand Round series, contact Angela Harding, program assistant in the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, at 319-335-8451 or by e-mail at angela-harding@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Gleeson, 319-384-4277, kate-gleeson@uiowa.edu