HRSA Works to Prevent Poisoning

17 Aug 2017

Unintentional poisoning is the leading cause of accidental injury deaths for people ages 25-64 ... more even than motor vehicle fatalities. (includes medicines, cosmetics, plants, pesticides and the combination of familiar items such as cleaning products).

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All around us, there are potential hazards that we may not even know exist -- ordinary cleaning products, medications, hand sanitizers – that can lead to a trip to the emergency room.

HRSA funds 55 poison control centers throughout the U.S. and the territories, staffed around the clock by nurses, doctors, pharmacist and toxicologists.  Nearly seven out of 10 calls are handled over the phone, avoiding or reducing emergency room costs through in-home intervention.

Poisons are any substance causing an adverse reaction that can impair, injure, or result in an unintentional death.  Know the risks.

Household cleaning products, for example, should always be labeled and stored in their original containers.  Always follow label directions – and avoid mixing with other cleaning solutions to prevent toxic chemical reactions.

Unintentional poisonings also commonly occur through the misuse or abuse of medications. Whether prescription or over-the-counter, drugs should only ever be taken as prescribed. In addition, many over- the-counter products – from laxatives to vitamins – can look to kids like chocolate or gummy candy. Keep them out of reach!

When in doubt about the use or interaction of medications or other items, America's Poison Control Centers are on guard 24/7 with skilled medical professionals who can answer your questions or offer immediate toll-free help at 1-800-222-1222.

HRSA-supported Poison Control Centers are on guard 24 hours a day, seven days a week, nationwide. Don't hesitate to call.

Data reported from the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (2014). All data has been rounded to the nearest percentage point. SOURCE: Mowry JB, Spyker DA, Brooks DE, McMillan N, Schauben JL. 2014 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 31st Annual Report. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2015