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Prevention and Education

Every year, America’s 55 poison centers receive millions calls, the majority of which are about people coming into contact with dangerous or potentially dangerous substances. The rest were calls for information. These prevention tips can help you or your loved ones avoid poisonings. For more tips and information, call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222.

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.


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Daycare and School Safety 

Cleaning products play an important role in protecting public health, but they also contain chemicals that may cause serious health problems if used in the wrong way.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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Safe Medicine Disposal

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

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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.

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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. 

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