Lewis  Nelson, MD

Lewis Nelson, MD

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Chief of the Division of Medical Toxicology

Expertise: Emergency MedicineToxicologyHealthAddiction MedicineOpioid

Lewis S. Nelson, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Chief of the Division of Medical Toxicology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School; Chief of Service for the Emergency Department at University Hospital of Newark, and Senior Consultant to the New Jersey Poison Information & Education System. Dr. Nelson is board certified in emergency medicine, medical toxicology, and addiction medicine. His areas of interest include non-opioid pain relief strategies, opioid use, addiction and withdrawal management, and health policy focused on issues related to medication safety and substance use. He is the senior editor of the textbook “Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies", active on several professional boards, and a long-standing consultant to CDC, DHS, and FDA regarding opioid use, terrorism, and medical safety respectively.


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For the fourth year in a row the NJ Poison Control Center has seen an increase in calls concerning children who accidentally consumed cannabis (marijuana, THC) edibles. Last year (2021), the NJ Poison Control Center assisted in the medical treatment of more than 150 children who were accidentally exposed to cannabis edibles — nearly 100 children 5-years-old and younger; more than 55 children between the ages of 6 and 12.
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Why are Fentanyl Deaths Rising?

A Rutgers expert discusses the rise of fentanyl deaths nationwide—and how they can be averted
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Reports of fentanyl-related passive toxicity has led to the release of hyperbolic warnings and burdensome recommendations by Drug Enforcement Administration, including the use of extensive personal protective equipment, such as gloves, paper coveralls, eye protection, and even particulate respirators. We believe that such responses to passive casualties from fentanyl are excessive and may actually interfere with the ability of first responders and others to do their jobs.

- ‘Passive’ fentanyl exposure: more myth than reality

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