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Poison Prevention Tips

Poisoning happens when harmful substances, like household chemicals or medications, are ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Common causes include accidentally swallowing cleaning products, taking the wrong medication or mishandling pesticides. 

When and how to call for help

No matter where you are in the United States, if you are having an emergency related to drugs or poisoning, you can dial (800) 222-1222 and you will be connected to the local poison and drug information center. Be sure to post the poison control number near your home phone and save it in your cell phone.

Call your local center:

  • If you suspect someone has been poisoned or swallowed something harmful.
  • In cases of medication overdose or if someone takes an unknown substance.
  • During drug overdose emergencies.
  • For stings or bites from possibly poisonous spiders, snakes, insects or animals.
  • When you need advice on first aid.

Tips for poison prevention

  • Store medications and chemicals out of reach of children.
  • Use child-resistant packaging properly.
  • Dispose of old medications and chemicals safely.
  • Be cautious with household products and pesticides.

Additional resources

For more information on poison prevention, visit Banner Health's blog. Remember to save the Banner Poison & Drug Information Center - (800) 222-1222 and share it with your family. Quick action can make a big difference in poisoning emergencies. 

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