Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Poison Prevention Week | Mar 20-26

We have come a long way from the days of Mr. Yuck stickers (which are still surprisingly available.) This week is set aside by Congress and is intended that this event is a means for local communities to raise awareness of the dangers of unintentional poisonings and to take such preventive measures as the dangers warrant.

There are two basic themes, "Children Act Fast...So Do Poisons!" and "Poisoning Spans a Lifetime."

For more info from the to common questions regarding poison prevention or To find your local Poison Control Center

Here are some interesting statistics for the take away…

POISON PERIL Poisonings are more common—and more deadly—than you realize Poisoning is now the #1 cause of injury death, killing even more people than car accidents.1 But poisonings are preventable and treatable and there’s a resources to help: the Poison Help line – 1-800-222-1222, which connects you to your local poison center. The nurses, pharmacists, doctors and poison experts that staff the line 24 hours a day, 365 days a year can give you free and confidential advice, from how to handle an emergency to how to protect your family from poison dangers. To learn more, visit How Common is Poisoning? • Drug-related poisonings cause nearly 700,000 visits to hospital emergency rooms each year.2 • Poisonings cause more than 35,000 deaths each year.1 Who’s at Risk? • Young people are the most likely to be poisoned, with children under age six accounting for half of all poison exposures.3 • 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths occur among people over the age of 20.3 Top 5 Causes of Poisoning3 • Painkillers • Cosmetics or personal products • Household cleaning products • Sedatives, hypnotics and antipsychotics medicine • Foreign bodies, toys and other objects What Can You Do? • Call the Poison Help line, 1-800-222-1222, if someone you know may have been poisoned or just to ask a question. • Call 911 if someone is unconscious or has trouble breathing. • Program the Poison Help line into your cell and home phones • Share this information with family & friends. 1. Margaret Warner, Ph.D.; Li Hui Chen, Ph.D., et al. Drug Poisoning Deaths in the United States, 1980–2008. NCHS Data Brief, Dec. 2011. 2. Yuxi Xianga, Weiyan Zhao, MD, PhDa, et. al. ED visits for drug-related poisoning in the United States, 2007. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine (Feb. 2012) 3. Bronstein AC, Spyker DA Cantilena LR, Green JL, Rumack BH, Giffin SL. 2010 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 28th Annual Report. 2010. Clinical Toxicology (2010) 47, 911–1084.

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