Every year, poison control centers receive about 2.2 million calls seeking medical help for a 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 in your home and cell phones (800)-222-1222
- Safely dispose of leftover and unwanted medications.