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What can your local poison center do for you?

The American Association of Poison Control Centers works hard to promote the wonderful work done by America’s 57 poison centers.

Each center contributes to the poison center system in a unique way, catering to its individual community and sharing poison information that is specific to its region, environment and residents.

While you can find a lot of great information on the AAPCC website, we encourage you to engage your local poison center as well.

When you call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222, you are connected to your local center. Experts know your local health care facilities and are also aware of insects, animals, plants and potential toxins specific to your region.

This is particularly useful if you’re on vacation in an unfamiliar environment and unaware of the wildlife or the plant life that may be harmful. When you call the Poison Help line, you can feel confident not only that you are speaking to a poison specialist but that you are speaking to a poison specialist with expertise in region-specific poison exposures.

We believe that there should be no barriers to getting the help and information you need, when you need it. If English is not your first language, translation services are available for more than 150 languages, and resources are provided for the hearing-impaired.  Some local poison centers in regions where Spanish is a common language even provide full Spanish-language versions of their websites. Most centers are able to provide materials in the several languages.OperatorStill07

Local poison centers provide many additional services beyond the Poison Help line. Because poison centers are staffed by experts across the health care field, including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, toxicologist and specialists in poison information, they are a primary resource for health care professionals, educators and the public when it comes to poison education.

Whether you’re looking for the effects of complex chemical compounds on human physiology or for Poison Help stickers and magnets, experts at your local center can help you out.

Most local poison centers provide ample educational material through their websites.

Specifically designed resources to teach children about poisons and poison prevention are abundant. Online games are available for kids of all ages, and activity sheets can be downloaded and copied to be used in classrooms as well.

Adults can find numerous tip sheets, home safety guides, brochures and booklets with information about how to keep themselves and their families safe.

Health care professionals can access journal articles, detailed statistics, information about poison trends and other relevant materials on many local poison center websites that can help them to best serve their patients or contribute to their specific research goals.

Whether you’re a parent, teacher, teen or poison expert yourself, local poison centers provide reliable, expert-approved information that can help keep you safe, educated and poison-free.

Search here for your local poison center and visit its website to take advantage of all its free resources.

 

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