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Sixth National Environmental Public Health Conference:
Preparing for the Environmental Public Health Challenges of the 21st Century

Breakout Sessions
Thursday, December 4
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

M2: Chemical Agents of Opportunity: The Medical and Psychological
Consequences of Toxic Industrial Chemicals and Toxic Industrial Materials (Part II)

Room: JACKSON – 3rd Floor

In January 2003, the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT), as part of their cooperative agreement with the



Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, presented a 7-hour symposium at CDC on chemical agents of opportunity for terrorism. For this session, ACMT will provide a modified version of the symposium.  This breakout session—the second of two 1.5-hour sessions that take place on consecutive days—will provide awareness-level training on a variety of toxic syndromes likely to be encountered with exposure to toxic industrial chemicals, toxic industrial materials, and other toxins of potential concern in mass-exposure settings. The traditional military warfare chemical agents (burn/blister and nerve agents) will not be discussed in these lectures, because information on these agents is readily accessible through other forums. Some of the highlights of this symposium will include an overview of toxic warfare and "less than lethal" technologies, food and water as vehicles for chemical terrorism, delayed toxic syndromes, and the psychological effect of mass chemical exposures.

Session Objectives:
At the end of this session, participants will be able to do the following:
1. Discuss the concept of chemical agents of opportunity and provide
    an overview of some of the medical consequences associated with
    exposure to these chemicals.
2. Describe psychological issues encountered with mass chemical

Paul Wax, MD; American College of Medical Toxicology

Paul Wax, MD; American College of Medical Toxicology
Lewis Nelson, MD; American College of Medical Toxicology
Mark Kirk, MD; American College of Medical Toxicology
Michael Greenberg, MD; American College of Medical Toxicology 

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