ABOUT POISON CONTROL CENTERS
Poison control centers have been providing vital poison exposure and information services in the United States for more than 60 years. Answering close to three million calls a year, centers save countless lives and millions of tax dollars.
Currently, there are 55 poison control centers in the U.S. that collectively serve all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Federated States of Micronesia, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. These centers provide the following services to their designated geographic area:
PUBLIC EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
Poison control centers educate the public on poison safety and promote the use of the Poison Help hotline. Centers identify the specific poison topics and populations of greatest need in their geographic area. To request materials or learn about educational programming in your area, contact your local poison control center.
With highly trained health professionals available by phone 24/7, poison control centers can provide numerous additional public health services. These services are determined by the needs and structure of the local public health infrastructure. Examples include: disaster preparedness and response, HAZMAT response, reportable disease monitoring, pill identification, and more. Some centers prefer the term “poison control center” while others use “poison center.” There is no difference in the services or expertise offered by these centers.