National Poison Prevention Week

National Poison Prevention Week

Don’t be left puzzled. CALL 1-800-222-1222 for POISON HELP!

By: Christen Bourgeois Date: March 12th, 2024

Poisoning can be prevented.

Did You Know… Poisoning is the leading cause of injury death in the U.S.

Join us in observing 2024 National Poison Prevention Weekon Sunday, March 17 – Saturday, March 23. This year’s theme is “When the unexpected happens, Poison Help is here for you 24/7 year-round.” Whether you have general questions or an emergency, POISON HELP is available at no cost to YOU!

Call 1-800-222-1222 or get online poison help now with any questions you have about medications, cleaning products, insect bites, or food poisoning—to name a few! Download a FREE Poison Safety Checklist (available in more than 10 languages). And make sure you are prepared—anytime, anywhere—by adding America’s Poison Centers as a contact in your mobile device.

Share these Poison Prevention Safety Tips:

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What to do in an Emergency:

If an individual has ingested a poison…

CALL 1-800-222-1222

If an individual is experiencing a medical emergency and in need of immediate medical attention such as difficulty breathing, having a seizure, has collapsed, or cannot be awakened…

CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!

Share these Poison Prevention Tips:

1. Safe Storage is extremely important! Even though many medications and supplements are now improved to be child-resistant, it is always important to keep these items out of reach from little ones.

2. Medicines are OK in the right amount, for the right person. It can be dangerous if you take the wrong medicine or take too much! Medication mistakes can also be especially harmful for children. If you are not sure how to identity a pill, or concerned you took too much or the wrong medicine, visit this resource.

3. Don’t flush medicine down the drain! Learn how to properly dispose of medications at your local hospital or pharmacy.

4. Common poisonous household items to be aware of include:

  • Cosmetics & personal care products
  • Cleaning substances
  • Pain medicine and fever-reducers
  • Coins & thermometers
  • Plants

Learn more:

Download Tips for Safe Storage & Disposal >>

Visit America’s Poison Centers for FREE Confidential Help & Resources available 24/7 year-round >>

Visit Washington Poison Center for FREE Poison Safety Checklists (available in more than 10 languages) >>

Visit the National Poison Data System Interactive Dashboard to view your state’s data >>

Source: America’s Poison Centers (poisoncenters.org), Washington Poison Center (wapc.org), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).