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March 16-22, 2014

National Poison Prevention Week

March 16-22 is National Poison Prevention Week.   This week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages and to promote community involvement in poisoning prevention on a local and national level.   Poisoning is defined as using any substance in the wrong way, in the wrong amount for the wrong reason.  This national initiative provides an opportunity to  highlight the problem of prescription drug misuse, abuse and overdose as well as other poisoning concerns.

Poison centers often conduct activities for this week.  If you are interested in participating in a poison prevention event, contact your local poison control center.  They can serve as a resource for advice and help in planning activities during the week—and they may have activities already under way that you can support.  To find the poison center serving your area visit www.PoisonHelp.hrsa.gov/poison-centers/find/index.html or call 1-800-222-1222.

For materials and additional information, visit the website of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): National Poison Prevention Week Planner or http://www.poisonhelp.hrsa.gov/what-can-you-do/national-poison-prevention-week/index.html

Ohio Poison Centers

As of March 1, 2014 there will be two poison centers that serve Ohio.  A map is attached that shows the service area for each of these centers. 
NOTE:  The emergency number for all poison centers in Ohio and the U.S. is 1-800-222-1222.

Central Ohio Poison Center 
Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus, OH
Phone: (614) 355-0443

Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Phone:  (513) 636-5063


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