March 20-26 is National Poison Prevention Week

Did you know that although almost half of the calls to poison control centers involve children, some of the more serious cases are poisonings in adolescents and adults? That’s why your poison control center has information for people of all ages, from babies to the elderly.

In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week March 20-26, the campaign theme of National Poison Prevention Week 2022, “Poison Information Centers: Here Forever‘ aims to raise awareness of the danger of poisons and appropriate resources available to North Dakotan residents. It is important to know what means exist to protect you and your family in the event of poisoning.

From anywhere in the country, a person can dial 1-800-222-1222 and get advice from highly trained poison specialists who have the most up-to-date information on treatment recommendations. Factors that can affect the severity of venom exposure include age, weight, medical history, and the amount of substance involved.

Many poisonings are preventable through the safe use, storage and disposal of products and medications. Poison specialists provide instant, expert advice on toxic loads such as household products and chemicals, medicines, cosmetics and personal care items, bites and stings, fungi and plants, and fumes and gases. On average, each year 90% of poisonings in America occur at home, and more than 70% of people who call Poison Help’s phone number get the help and guidance they need, right where they are and save the cost of visiting a doctor or hospital.

Everyone is encouraged to add Poison Help to their important phone number directory or save it to their phone’s contact list. The poison help number is 1-800-222-1222.

For general poisoning prevention tips and materials, see https://ndpoison.org

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