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Every year, poison control centers receive more than 2 million calls from people seeking medical help for poisoning. It is the leading cause of unintentional death, surpassing even motor vehicle crashes, and includes drug overdoses, inadvertent ingenstion of drugs or chemicals and exposure to environmental substances.
More than 90% of all poisonings happen at home. Familiarize yourself with the dangers that lurk there:
Laundry detergents, household cleaners and pesticides can easily fall into the wrong little hands.
Carbon monoxide, the invisible killer, costs hundreds of American lives each year.
Odorless, invisible radon gas causes thousands of lung cancer deaths annually. Find out if it's seeping into your home.
Lead poisoning is a danger for the children living in at least 4 million American homes that have high lead levels.
Serious injuries and death from button batteries, often the size of a fingertip, have increased nine-fold in the last decade.
Poisons are substances that, in a high enough quantity, can cause illness, injury or death when ingested, inhaled, injected or otherwise taken into the body. Acute opioid poisonings are also known as opioid overdoses, and more than 100 people die from them every day. People can become quickly addicted without realizing it is happening.
Prescription opioids have been overprescribed by doctors, are frequently shared among family members who don’t realize the dangers of sharing prescription medications, and stolen from medicine cabinets. Children are misusing prescription drugs at an alarming rate, and even over-the-counter medications like cold medicines and sleeping aids can be dangerous. Ending this epidemic is a major focus of the National Safety Council. Start here to learn what we're doing to end it and how you can help, and be sure to keep the National Poison Control Center number, (800) 222-1222, in your cell phone contacts.
More than 100 people die every day from opioid overdoses, and 75% of employers say their workplaces have been impacted by opioid use, according to an NSC poll. Only 17% of employers feel well-prepared to deal with the issue. The poll also revealed:
For the first time in U.S. history, a person is more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash, according to NSC calculations. In fact, workplace overdose deaths involving drugs or alcohol have increased by at least 25% for five consecutive years.
Other key findings from the survey include:
NSC provides a free Prescription Drug Employer Kit to help employers manage opioid use at work. Based on additional survey results, NSC intends to add components to the kit, including a robust workplace policy.
A copy of the survey questionnaire and full methodology is available here.
National Poison Prevention Week, the third week of March each year, focuses on the danger of drugs and other poisons and how to keep your family safe. Observed for more than 50 years, National Poison Prevention Week activities are a great way to start a conversation at home.
Do you know how to childproof your home? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers information to help get you started.
What is the real cost of substance use in your workforce?
We lost more than 72,000 people to opioids in 2017. We honor them here.
Download the images, use the posts provided or create your own. #drugsatwork
In 2017, more than 49,000 lives were lost to opioid misuse. This video puts a face on those affected by the opioid crisis.
If you suspect an overdose, call 911 and
be prepared to start CPR. If you have the opiate antidote naloxone, administer it immediately.
The Survivor Advocate Network is a community of individuals and families whose lives have been forever changed by the preventable deaths of their loved ones. The network allows individuals or organizations to connect, share stories, educate communities and influencers, advocate for change and engage with the media to help eliminate preventable deaths.
Meet some of the NSC Survivor Advocates who have lost loved ones to opioid misuse.
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