Prevention

In 2012, America’s 55 poison centers received over 3 million calls. Of those, about 2.2 million were calls about poison exposures ranging from carbon monoxide to snake bites to food poisoning. The rest were calls for information. These prevention tips can help you or your loved ones avoid poisonings. For more tips and information, call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222.

Adults

Poison centers aren't just for parents whose children get into the cleaning cabinet. Although children younger than 6 accounted for about half of all the poison exposure calls to poison center in 2010, adults accounted for 92 percent of all poison-related deaths reported to poison centers.

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Babysitters

Caring for children is a great job, and keeping children safe is a serious and important part of babysitting. In fact, poisoning is one of the most common childhood injuries.

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Children

You can get poisoned by eating, drinking, touching, or smelling something that can make you sick or hurt you. Always ask a trusted grown-up before you take any medicine. Never put anything in your mouth if you are not sure if it is safe to eat. Ask a grown-up first!

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Health Care Providers

Poison centers are a valuable tool for medical consultations. Poisoning patients managed with poison center expertise experience shorter hospitalizations.

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In the Home

Follow these steps to make sure your home is poison-proof.

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Medication Safety

Fill out this sheet daily to keep track of your medicine.

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National Poison Prevention Week

In 2012, U.S. poison centers answered more than 3.3 million calls, including about 2.2 million calls about human exposures to poisons.

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Partners

The AAPCC partners with many other organizations to address poisoning issues.

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Poison Control in Action

Poison Control in Action teaches adults valuable information about poison prevention and what to do in a poison emergency.

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Teens

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Unquestionable Answers

Rather than searching online for answers to poisoning questions, call the experts at your local poison center!

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Your Poison Center Brochure

Learn how your poison center can help you. Download our brochure here in one of 13 languages, or call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 to hear about how your local center is serving your area.

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