Drug and Poison Information Center

  • Meet the Team

    The Drug and Poison Information Center specialists are here to assist you. Learn more about our directors, phone staff and educators. The phone number for the poison center is 513-636-5111.
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    Department Heads

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    Jonathan Colvin, RN, BSN, CSPI, CCRP
    Co-Director, Drug and Poison Information Center

    513-636-5208

    jonathan.colvin@cchmc.org

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    Marsha A. Polk, HPT, OCPS, ICPS
    Associate Director, Prevention Research Unit, Drug and Poison Information Center

    513-636-5087

    marsha.polk@cchmc.org

    Marsha A. Polk, HPT, OCPS, ICPS

    Associate Director, Prevention Research Unit, Drug and Poison Information Center

    Manager, Education and Prevention, Drug and Poison Information Center

    Adjunct Instructor, College of Evening and Continuing Education

    Phone: 513-636-5087

    Fax: 513-636-5101

    Email: marsha.polk@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Substance abuse prevention and education; health and wellness; Africentric mentoring; community empowerment; community outreach

    Biography

    Marsha A. Polk, HPT, Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist, is associate director of the Drug and Poison Information Center and manager of DPIC Education and Outreach. Ms. Polk has over 30 years of experience in the area of health, wellness and prevention. Ms. Polk's dedication to the needs of high-risk youth prompted her to develop, obtain funding, and implement specialized programs, to address the needs of various populations at risk. Examples of such programs include: poison prevention and substance abuse prevention training to children in Head Start programs; life-skills training for preschoolers and their families; drug education and awareness programs for high risk African American families; tobacco prevention and intervention programs, child passenger safety projects, and primary and elementary school based substance abuse prevention programs for high/at risk populations. Ms. Polk has implemented (from concept development, scripting and pre-production to the finished product) communications messages targeted at high-risk families and underserved populations. Ms. Polk has also piloted the use of a mobile van to deliver prevention services. Ms. Polk has presented prevention/information/training sessions to professionals across the nation and she is renowned and respected for her expertise in the field. Under Ms. Polk’s direction the following benchmarks have been met:

    Maintaining African American Traditions (MAAT) Mentoring Program selected for training by the Center for Applied Prevention Technology (CAPT).  One of only 20 programs in the State of Ohio recognized as an Exemplary Prevention Program.

    People of Color Wellness Alliance (POCWA), awarded highest honor bestowed by the State of Ohio-Commendation from the Ohio State Senate and national commendation from the United States Congress. 

    Expanded training program for education staff to include Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Incident Management Systems (NIMS), and Department of Homeland Security certification.

    Education and Training

    HPT: Hospital Pharmacy Technology, University of Cincinnati, 1978.

    Certification: Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist, 1990.

    Certification: International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium, 1990.

    Certification: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and National Incident Management Systems (NIMS).

    Certification: Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Readiness. Department of Homeland Security. Disaster Communication Specialist.

    Publications

    Grants

    People of Color Wellness Alliance Coalition. Principal Investigator. Office of National Drug Control Policy/SAMHSA Drug Free Communities Grant. 2008-2013.

    Hamilton County Drug Abuse Prevention, Education and Outreach. Co-Principal Investigator.  Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. Ongoing Award.

    Strategic Prevention Framework/State Incentive Grant. Advisory Team Collaborator. Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. 2011-2015.

    Maintaining African American Traditions. (MAAT) Mentoring Project. Project Director. Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services. 2000-Present.


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    Earl G. Siegel, PharmD
    Managing Director, Drug and Poison Information Center

    513-636-5053

    earl.siegel@cchmc.org

    Earl G. Siegel, PharmD

    Managing Director, Drug and Poison Information Center

    Adjunct Professor, Pharmacy Practice; Professor Emeritus, Emergency Medicine

    Phone: 513-636-5053

    Fax: 513-636-5070

    Email: earl.siegel@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Toxicology; poison control; substance abuse and its prevention; inhalant abuse; injury prevention; disaster preparedness

    Biography

    In addition to having over 30 years experience in teaching and lecturing on multiple topics in pharmacology, toxicology and substance abuse, Dr. Siegel has experience both as an industry safety and legal consultant, and director of Pharmacy for Central Community Health Board. He has done research in addictionology, headache treatment, dermatology, alcohol detoxification and biopharmaceutics. He has published in the medical literature, written editorials, given hundreds of local/ state/ national presentations, co-authored a trainer of trainers manual, consulted on several videos, participated in several planning summits, and co-founded Parents for Education on Inhalant Abuse.

    Education and Training

    PharmD: University of Cincinnati, College of Pharmacy, 1985.

    BS: Pharmacy, University of Cincinnati, 1972

    Clinical Clerkships: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Headache Center, Pediatric and Adult Toxicology, Occupational and Environmental Toxicology.

    Certification: Registered Pharmacist, Ohio, 1972-present; Certified Specialist in Poison Information, American Association of Poison Control Centers, 1985-present; Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist 1996-present.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Training Opportunities and Lessons for Emergencies and All-Hazard Disaster (TO LEAD). Principal Investigator. Funding by HRSA through the Greater Cincinnati Hospital Association. July 2001–present.

    Ohio Bio-Terrorism Preparedness. Principal Investigator. Ohio Department of Health. Aug 2009-present.

    Poison Control Stabilization and Enhancement Program. Principal Investigator. Health Resources & Services Administration. Sept 2009-Aug 2014.

    Medical Director

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    Shan Yin, MD, MPH
    Medical Director, Drug and Poison Information Center

    513-803-2639

    shan.yin@cchmc.org

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    Shan Yin, MD, MPH

    Medical Director, Drug and Poison Information Center

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-2639

    Email: shan.yin@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric poisoning

    Biography

    Dr. Yin is the medical director of the Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center and an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine. He has been on the faculty since 2010. He has publications in the areas of pediatric emergency medicine and clinical toxicology. His research interest includes child abuse via medication administration.

    Education and Training

    MD: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, 2001.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 2004.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2004, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2008, Medical Toxicology, 2010.

    Publications

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