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 NATIONAL POISON PREVENTION WEEK 2024

Every third week in March we celebrate and observe National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW). Established in 1961 by Congress, National Poison Prevention Week was originated to raise awareness of poison prevention and safety. 

In 2022, through the Poison Help line and website (poisonhelp.org), U.S. Poison Centers responded to 2,427,974 total cases, on average receiving a new case every 15 seconds. Some of the leading exposure substance categories included analgesics, household cleaning substances, antidepressants, cosmetics/personal care products, and antihistamines.

“My son drank a mouthful of all-purpose cleaner while I was cleaning the house. My only thought was to call Poison Help! I even got a follow-up call from them, which made me feel like they really cared.” - A testimonial from a Poison Help caller. Now she keeps her cleaning products safely stored away from her little one!

Unfortunately, 3,809 poison-related deaths were reported in 2021. This number serves as an important reminder that while poison exposures and accidents do occur, they can also be prevented with education and awareness.

The best prevention of a poison emergency is to have POISON HELP's contact information on hand in case of an accidental exposure.

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NPPW 2024 is March 17-23, 2024

In 2024, National Poison Prevention Week will take place March 17-23, 2024. The theme is “When the unexpected happens, Poison Help is here for you 24/7.” Whether you have general questions or an emergency, Poison Help is available 24/7/365 at no cost to you. Call Poison Help with questions for medications, cleaning products, insect bites, food poisoning, and liquid nicotine…just to name a few!

To join us in celebrating and observing NPPW 2024, we have created a toolkit with social media resources in both English and Spanish for your use.


Do you know students in K-12? If so, learn more about participating in the 2024 National Poison Prevention Week Video and Poster Contest


SHAREABLE RESOURCES

The partner toolkit is available for individuals and organizations to promote poison prevention in their communities. Click on the headers below for links to the downloadable resources. The toolkit includes suggested captions in English and Spanish for every day of NPPW, alongside some promotional posts leading up to NPPW. Additionally, the toolkit includes resources for the 2024 National Poison Prevention Week Contest


2024 National Poison Prevention Week Contest

Attention creators! The National Poison Prevention Week Council is holding a contest to raise awareness among students K-12 nationwide. Did you know poisonings are the leading cause of injury deaths in the U.S.? Or that over half of the cases managed by poison centers are for kids and teens? Preventing poisoning isn’t hard or complicated. You can help!


Make a poster or a video to:

  • Tell your friends about poison dangers lurking at home, at school, or even outdoors.
  • Share some tips to stay safe from poisoning.
  • Teach others about the Poison Help hotline: a source for free and immediate expert help.
  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

You could win a cash prize! Winners will also have the opportunity to go on a tour of the Capital! For more information, read the details below.

Be sure to check out the 2023 Winning Videos and the 2022 Winning Videos.


Read the submission requirements and submit your entry

Video Contest for Kids in Grades 5-12

Who: U.S. Kids in Grades 5-12

What: Create a short (2 min or less) video

How:

  • Make a video by yourself or get together with your friends in a group of up to 4.
    • For groups, pick one of you to be the lead producer.
  • Come up with your content idea for your video.  The best videos tell a story. Some possible ideas to get you started:
    • Tell your friends about poison dangers lurking at home, at school, or even outdoors.
    • Share some tips to stay safe from poisoning.
  • Shoot the video.
  • Make sure you have all the necessary elements listed.
  • Submit the video by February 20, 2024 HERE.

All videos need to include:

  • The Poison Help line number 1-800-222-1222
  • The Poison Help logo, which can be found HERE

Reminder: Videos should NOT include any images, gifs, clips or other elements of any commercial brands or characters.

Need some inspiration?

Poster Contest for Kids in Grades K-4

Who: U.S. Kids in Grades K-4

What: A poster or drawing

How:

  • Make a poster or drawing that tells your friends about poison dangers lurking at home, at school, or even outdoors. Or you can draw a tip that they can use to stay safe from poisoning.
  • Make sure you have included all the necessary elements listed
  • Submit the poster or drawing by February 20, 2024HERE.

All posters need to include:

  • The Poison Help line number 1-800-222-1222
  • The Poison Help logo, which can be found HERE

Reminder: Posters should NOT include any images, gifs, clips or other elements of any commercial brands or characters.

Need some inspiration?

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