Poison Prevention Resources
This website has been established to provide public information about the events associated with National Poison Prevention Week, the steps that you can take to help prevent accidental poisonings and tips for promoting community involvement in poison prevention.
American Academy of Pediatrics
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the American Association of Poison Control Centers, and the Poison Prevention Week Council reported on the performance of the new national toll-free telephone number for poison control centers. The new number, (800) 222-1222, launched on January 30, 2002, for the first time provides everyone in the U.S. with free access — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — to their regional poison center. In just the first full month of peration, the toll-free number received 44,000 calls about potential
National Council on Patient Information and Education
One of the original patient safety coalitions, NCPIE works to advance thesafe, appropriate use of medicines through enhanced communication.
The Three Poison Centers in Ohio
When in doubt, contact the poison hotline at (800) 222-1222!
Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital - (614) 355-0435
Northern Ohio Poison Center at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital - (216) 844-1000
CDC Poison Prevention Resources
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has several great resources and statistics that pharmacists can use for educating patients and members of their community about preventing unintentional poisonings.
National Capital Poison Center
NCPC is an independent not-for-profit associated with George Washington University Medical Center. Their site includes presentations with video, handouts, presenter's guide, powerpoint slides, and more. These are all fantastic, easy-to-use resources for pharmacists.
HHS Health Resources and Services Administration
The HRSA has a plethora of resources, including a Poison Prevention Week Planner. There are also statistics, programs, news articles, tip sheets, newsletters, videos, and even a poison prevention ringtone!
Pets and Poisoning
Each year, thousands of calls about pet poisonings are made to Poison Control Centers in the US. Many pet poisonings can be prevented using some simple guidelines about keeping specific plants, pesticides, certain foods and medications out of a pet’s reach. Read more on these topics, using the following links:
There are also several articles on this topic:
American Journal of Health Education, May/June 2010, Vol 41, #3, pp139-146----by Jones PR, et al. "The Impact of Poison PRevention Education on the Knowledge and Behaviors of Seniors. This article shows a study shows significant impact on Seniors once they are aware of why problems occur-- that can prevent future problems from arising. This holds true, also with the recent NEJM article showcasing a geriatric group evaluating ED visits and subsequent hospital admissions due to certain key problems associated with a few commonly used drug classes. NEJM, Vol 365, #21, 2002-2012 "Emergency Hospitalizations for Adverse Drug Events in Older Americans, by Budnitz DS, et al.
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