Prevention

In 2015, America’s 55 poison centers received over 2.8 million calls. Of those, about 2.2 million of which were about people coming into contact with dangerous or potentially dangerous substances. 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.

Food & Mushroom Poisoning

The CDC estimates that food poisoning affects 1 in 6 Americans every year. Read on for information about how to protect against food-borne illness.

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In the Home

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

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Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety

Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety is a 100% free, evidence-based set of resources designed to empower adults to facilitate critical medicine safety discussions with pre-adolescents and adolescents.

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Partners

The AAPCC partners with many organizations to enhance nationwide poison prevention and treatment efforts.

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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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Preventing Insect-Borne Diseases

The prevention of insect-borne diseases like Zika is on a lot of our minds. Using pesticides and insect repellents incorrectly can cause more harm than good!

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Safe Medicine Disposal

Learn how to safely dispose of medicine.

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Summer Poison Safety

Poison centers stay busy year-round, but they do get more calls during the warmer months, especially about bites & stings, pesticides, hazards associated with cooking & entertaining, and plants & mushrooms.

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Tobacco & Liquid Nicotine

Poison centers manage thousands of cases of acute tobacco and liquid nicotine product exposures every year. AAPCC also supports the work of its partners to prevent tobacco use by America's youth.

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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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