National Poison Prevention Week

National Poison Prevention Week is March 19-25, 2017

Welcome to the temporary National Poisoning Prevention Council website, administered by AAPCC.


The National Poisoning Prevention Council (“the Council”) is a group of representatives from government and nonprofit organizations that have an interest in the prevention of unintentional poisoning through raising awareness and promoting poisoning prevention public education.

As of August 2016, the Council’s member organizations include:

  • Alliance for Aging Research
  • Alliance for Consumer Education
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Association of Poison Control Centers
  • American Cleaning Institute
  • American College of Emergency Pediatrics
  • Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc
  • ASTM International
  • Caregiver Action Network
  • Child Care Aware® of America
  • CHPA Educational Foundation
  • Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)
  • National Pesticide Information Center
  • National Safety Council
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
  • U.S. Department of HUD, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration

The Council is the official sponsor of National Poison Prevention Week, the third full week of March each year. 

The Council's mission is:

Unintentional poisoning from a wide variety of substances and environmental hazards can happen to anyone, and represents a substantial public health burden in the U.S. The National Poisoning Prevention Council is an inclusive community comprised of representatives from the public, nonprofit, and government organizations with a shared commitment to poisoning prevention and education. The Council provides a collective voice to raise awareness among the American public about the risks, frequency, and consequences of unintentional poisoning occurrences, injuries, and fatalities.

The Council promotes poisoning prevention by:

  1. Educating Americans of all ages about the risks of poisoning
  2. Amplifying the poisoning prevention efforts of Council members
  3. Sponsoring National Poison Prevention Week, the 3rd full week of March each year

Current Council Chair:  Mark Gibbons, Director of Programs and Operations, Caregiver Action Network

Current Council Administrator:  Brittany Hansen, Associate Manager for Public Education, American Association of Poison Control Centers

ANNOUNCEMENT:  The National Poisoning Prevention Council Seeks New Logo

Do you have the talent to design a creative, innovative and professional logo, and could you use a $500.00 award and national recognition? If yes, then this contest is for you! The National Poisoning Prevention Council (formerly known as the National Poison Prevention Week Council) is seeking a logo design to reflect its new name, and its new mission.  

  1. Download and read complete contest information and rules here.
  2. AFTER you have read all of the contest information and rules, complete your online Entrant Contact Information Form here.
  3. Finally, upload your logo artwork here.  

If you have questions, please contact Brittany Hansen at  Good luck!


On September 26, 1961, the 87th United States Congress passed a joint resolution (Public Law 87-319) requesting that the President of the United States proclaim the third week of March National Poison Prevention Week.  On February 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy responded to this request and proclaimed the third week of March as National Poison Prevention Week.  The first National Poison Prevention Week was therefore observed in March 1962.  The 2016 National Poison Prevention Week Presidential Proclamation is available here.  

The following daily themes will be promoted in 2017: 

  • Monday, March 20 – Children Act Fast … So Do Poisons
  • Tuesday, March 21 – Poison Centers: Saving You Time and Money
  • Wednesday, March 22 – Poisonings Span a Lifetime
  • Thursday, March 23 – Home Safe Home
  • Friday, March 24 – Medicine Safety


In honor of National Poison Prevention Week, the Council conducts an annual, nationwide poster contest for kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade to engage the community in helping to promote unintentional poisoning prevention.  Download guidelines for the 2018 poster contest here, and poster contest entry form here.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 National Poison Prevention Week Poster Contest!  Organizations may order up to 50 11"X17" full color printed posters from each contest division at no charge, courtesy of the National Poisoning Prevention Council.  Click here to order printed posters.

1st Place, K-2 Division2017 1st Place Winner:  Grades K-2 Division
1st Place Winner, Grades 3-5 Division2017 1st Place Winner:  Grades 3-5 Division
1st Place Winner, Grades 6-8 Division2017 1st Place Winner:  Grades 6-8 Division

Click here to access the NPPW 2016 news releases

2016 Presidential Proclamation from

Download fact sheet

Find Your Local Poison Center

Poison centers offer free, private, confidential medical advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can reach your local poison center by calling 1-800-222-1222.

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