Poison Centers

Who You Gonna Call? The Experts!

If my child gets into a chemical or my elderly mother takes too many blood pressure pills, I want to know that the people I turn to for help know what they are talking about. I want the experts!

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And guess what? The people who answer calls at your poison control center are just that – experts!

All calls to poison centers are answered by health professionals with special training in poisons and poison emergencies. Poison specialists, including nurses and pharmacists, answer calls about exposures to harmful substances, and doctors provide medical advice.

In fact, the specialists at poison centers are so knowledgeable and have so much expertise that doctors and nurses in health-care facilities call poison centers to get advice about what kind of medical treatment their poisoning cases need.

That’s why you can feel certain that you’ll get expert, accurate and reliable advice when you call 1-800-222-1222.

And that’s good to know.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers supports the nation’s 57 poison centers in their efforts to prevent and treat poison exposures. Poison centers offer free, private, expert medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We take calls in more than 150 languages and from the hearing impaired.

For questions about poison or if you think someone has been exposed to a poison, call 1-800-222-1222 to reach your local poison center.

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