Every year, poison control centers receive about 2.2 million calls seeking medical help for poisoning. Unintentional poisoning includes the unsupervised ingestion of drugs or chemicals, "overdoses" or the excessive use of a drug, and exposure to environmental substances. The most common poisons include prescription and over-the-counter medications, cleaning products and personal care products. In adults, prescription drug overdose is the leading cause of unintentional injury death.
Put medicines away every time after you use them:
- Make sure the safety cap is locked, listen for the click.
- Never tell children medicine is candy.
- Ask visitors to lock and put away suitcases or purses containing medications.
- Program the poison control number, (800) 222-1222, in your home and cell phones.
- Safely dispose of leftover and unwanted medications.