• Poisoning Prevention

  • Prevent Poisoning and Overdoses in Your Home

    ​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.
  • You can prevent poisoning by making sure medicines are sealed tight. Never tell children medicine is candy. Safely dispose of old medicine and make sure you have Poison Control on speed dial, (800) 222-1222.

  • Poisoning and Children

    According to Safe Kids Worldwide, 165 young children per day (roughly four busloads) are brought to the ER after taking medications on their own. Children are curious. To keep them safe, parents and caregivers must practice safe medicine storage. When giving medicine to your child, make sure to read the labels and use only the measuring device provided. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor if you have questions. Also keep laundry and cleaning products away from children so they don't swallow them or get splashed in the face.

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    Learn about carbon monoxide poisoning.​

  • Fight Prescription Drug Overdose

    ​One of the fastest growing problems in the nation.

    Fight the Epidemic
  • Radon and Radiation Sources

    ​Learn about radon and radiation sources.


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