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National Poison Prevention Week

On September 26, 1961, the 87th United States Congress passed a joint resolution (Public Law 87-319) requesting that the President of the United States proclaim the third week of March National Poison Prevention Week. On February 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy responded to this request and proclaimed the third week of March as National Poison Prevention Week. The first National Poison Prevention Week was therefore observed in March 1962. The 2018 National Poison Prevention Week Presidential Proclamation is available here

The AAPCC and the nation’s 55 poison control centers invite you to celebrate National Poison Prevention week in your community by promoting poison prevention tips and the free emergency services provide by poison control centers (the Poison Help hotline).

 In 2019, National Poison Prevention Week will occur March 17 – 23, 2019

How to Celebrate

  • Join the conversation online using the hashtags #NPPW19, #PreventPoison, or #PoisonHelp
  • Contact your local poison control center to request educational materials and find out about poison prevention campaigns in your area. Click here  to find your local center.
  • Encourage your friends, family, or constituents to take the steps below to prevent poisonings.

Tips to Prevent Poisonings

  • Be prepared for an emergency. Keep the national, free Poison Helpline number at your fingertips by saving the number in your mobile phone: 1-800-222-1222. Text POISON to 797979 to save the number in your smartphone.
  • Practice safe storage habits. Always store medicines and hazardous substances up, away, and out of sight of children. Keep these substances in their original, child resistant containers.
  • Read and follow all labels and directions. Review medicine and product labels before you use them, especially before giving medicine to children.
  • Detect invisible threats. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home.

Future Dates

National Poison Prevention Week 2019: March 17-23, 2019

National Poison Prevention Week 2020: March 15-21, 2020



The National Poisoning Prevention Council (“the Council”) is the official sponsor of National Poison Prevention Week. The Council is a group of representatives from government agencies, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations that have an interest in the prevention of unintentional poisoning through raising awareness and promoting poisoning prevention public education. Learn more about the Council.

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