Multiple media requests were made of NNEPC. Toxicologists provided more than 20 interviews discussing arsenic toxicity in general and used the opportunity to raise awareness of unrelated but regionally significant chronic arsenic exposure through well water. The center staff followed these patients over subsequent weeks.
During this time, the poison control center continued to manage approximately 100 other hotline calls daily, and the publicity of the cases led to an increased number of calls about food poisoning and potential chronic heavy metal exposure. Information will be shared with the Maine Bureau of Health and the involved hospitals to furnish data that will be useful to others treating patients poisoned with arsenic in the future.