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Poison control centers offer free, confidential, expert medical advice 24/7 through the Poison Help Line,1-800-222-1222, and a new online, interactive tool, PoisonHelp.org. Download free prevention activity sheets and tips can help you or your loved ones avoid poisonings.

Prevention and Education

From safe medicine use and disposal to preventing insect-borne diseases, poison control centers want to help you and your loved ones avoid poisonings.

Bites & Stings
There are numerous creatures across the country that cause a painful bite or sting! Read about how to prevent or treat several of them.

Daycare and School Safety
Cleaning products play a vital role in protecting public health, but they also contain chemicals that may cause serious health problems if used in the wrong way.

Food & Mushroom Poisoning
The CDC estimates that each year, 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness. Prevent these illnesses by practicing food safety.

In the Home
Over 90% of human exposures reported to poison centers occurred at a residence. Follow these steps to make sure your home is poison-proof.

Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety
OTC Medicine Safety is a 100% free, evidence-based set of resources designed to empower adults to facilitate critical medicine safety discussions with pre-adolescents and adolescents.

Safe Medicine Disposal
Medicines help us treat many diseases and health problems, but when they expire or are no longer needed it is important to get rid of them in the correct way.

Seasonal Poisoning Hazards
From jellyfish stings during the summer to carbon monoxide poisonings in the winter, learn what you need to know about season poisoning hazards.

Older Adults and Medicine Safety
The older we get, the more health concerns we have, the more doctors we see, and the more medicines we take.

pdfChecklist for Choosing Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medicine for Adults

pdfChecklist for Choosing Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medicine for Children

pdfDownload Over-the-Counter Buying and Using Medicine Safely Help Brochure


Video: Poison Prevention for Children

Video: Be Prepared in Case of an Emergency

Save the Poison Help number (800-222-1222) in all your phones, including cell phones, so you have it when you need it – and make sure it is available for your child’s babysitter or caregiver. Call Poison Help right away if you think your child might have gotten into a medicine or vitamin, even if you are not completely sure.

Never tell your children medicine is candy, even if they do not like to take their medicine. Always remind guests to keep purses, bags, or coats that have medicines in them up and away and out of sight when they are in your home.

Read the label! Drug labels change as added information becomes available. That is why it is important to read the label each time you take medicine.

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