About the Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center
For poison emergencies or questions, call toll free:
If you are in Arizona and have an out-of-state cell phone,
dial (602) 253-3334 to reach the poison center.
We offer FREE 24-hour help by phone. The phone is answered by Registered Nurses or Poison Information Providers specifically trained in handling poison emergencies. By calling 1-800-222-1222 you can get emergency information on:
- Scorpion stings
- Snake, insect and spider bites
- Chemical exposures
- Pill identification
- Drug overdoses
How we help:
- Callers can be helped in more than 150 languages.
- The Poison Center staff is comprised of registered nurses and poison information providers who have received extensive training in managing poisonings/drug overdoses.
- Staff have 24/7 access to Medical Toxicologists
The Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center is a certified member of the American Association of Poison Control Centers and participates in an online data collection system.
Every eight minutes local data is uploaded to a national data base that combines data from all poison centers nationwide.This system provides the only real-time monitoring of national trends in reported symptoms that could indicate terrorist activity. In the event of statistically significant reports of symptoms, alerts would be issued immediately.
Established in 1979, the Banner Good Samaritan Poison Center has continuously served the residents of Maricopa County and surrounding counties for more than 30 years. It is supported by Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, the state of Arizona, United Way, federal government and charitable donations.
Our mission is to promote the health and safety of the community by serving as the primary resource for the residents and healthcare professionals of Maricopa County for
- Accidental and intentional poisonings
- Toxicity or adverse effects of medications or chemicals
- Providing education for the public and healthcare professionals in poison prevention and treatment
- Assessing and treating accidental and intentional poisonings by telephone triage, consultation and follow-ups