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2/27/02

One Simple Number

No matter where you are in the country, you will be able to immediately connect to a poison expert who can help you decide what to do in an emergency by using a nationwide toll free poison control hotline. "Besides poisoning emergencies, parents can call this number to get educational materials and educational advice from poison centers," said Alan Woofe, M.D., President, American Association of Poison Control Centers.

The new hotline actually connects callers to specially trained nurses, pharmacists, and doctors at the closest local Poison Center. Dr Woofed says 53% of poison exposures occur in children under the age of six. Common culprits are:

  • Household items, like cleaning supplies
  • Cosmetics
  • Personal care products
  • Over the counter medications
  • Plants

Please make a note of this new number you can call anywhere in the country, and get poison control emergency help and information. All you need to do is call 1-800-222-1222 .

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