Did you know that poisoning is the leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S.? It’s true- more people die of poisoning every year than even gun or car-related injuries. The most important tool we have to help combat poisoning is the national Poison Help phone number, 1 (800) 222-1222. Clinical experts like nurses, pharmacists, and physicians who are specially trained and certified in toxicology answer the phone from the nation’s 55 poison control centers to help people who have poison-related questions, concerns, or emergencies. Best of all, anyone can access this invaluable resource any time around the clock, every day of the year, for free!
Do you have the number for poison control saved in your phone? Do you want your loved ones to have it in theirs?
During National Poison Prevention Week, take the pledge to TEXT “poison” to 797979, SAVE the poison control contact information in your phone, and SHARE it with at least 3 of your contacts, and on Facebook and Twitter!