AAPCC works with America's 55 poison control centers to track poisonings and their sources, including household products, food and beverages, chemicals in the workplace and home, environmental toxins, drugs and medicine, and animal and insect bites and stings. Click on a topic below to review recent data from the National Poison Data System (NPDS) on novel substances, emerging hazards, and outbreaks.
Before reviewing the alerts, please read these important notes about poison control center data.
AAPCC maintains the National Poison Data System (NPDS) , the national database of information logged by the country’s regional poison control centers serving all 50 United States, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and territories. Case records in this database are from self-reported calls: they reflect only information provided when the public or healthcare professionals report an actual or potential exposure to a substance, request information, or request educational materials. As such:
The term “exposure” means someone has had contact with the substance in some way; for example, ingested, inhaled, or absorbed a substance by the skin or eyes, etc. Exposures do not necessarily represent poisonings or overdoses.