April 11, 2017: Alexander Garrard, “Poison Help, A Phone Call Away”

by Jay Leon on April 3, 2017

Dr. Alexander Garrard received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Atlanta, Georgia. After working in the community, Dr. Garrard pursued a post-graduate two-year clinical toxicology/emergency medicine fellowship with the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center in Jacksonville, FL. Dr. Garrard achieved the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Applied Toxicology (DABAT) in 2012. In 2015, Garrard was honored as one of Puget Sound’s Top 40 under 40. Garrard is a board-certified clinical toxicologist and the Clinical Managing Director of the Washington State Poison Control Center. In this position, he provides clinical management direction and leadership to the Washington Poison Center. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, School of Pharmacy and Washington State University College of Pharmacy. Prior to this position he worked as a health scientist in the Division of Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this capacity, he served as an expert to state and local authorities, the CDC and other federal agencies, including FDA, DoD, and DHS, on various aspects of the SNS, Category A threat agents, and treatment guidelines. Garrard has worked at poison centers in Florida, Georgia, and New York. He has extensive experience in community education, media outreach, and legislative affairs. Garrard has been featured locally, regionally, nationally and internationally on breaking news stories including synthetic marijuana, bath salts, e-cigarettes, marijuana and unintentional poisonings.

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