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Poison Prevention

From safe medicine use and disposal to preventing insect-borne diseases, poison control centers want to help you and your loved ones avoid poisonings.

Experiencing a poison emergency? Need poison information? Free, confidential “poison control” services can be easily accessed two ways: 

The Poison Help Hotline

The Poison Help hotline, 1-800-222-1222, connects callers to their local poison control center anywhere in the United States and territories. Callers receive free, confidential, expert medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year from toxicology specialists, including nurses, pharmacists, physicians and poison information providers. 

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) work together to ensure the number and poison centers are used appropriately.

In 2017, AAPCC launched a new interactive online tool,, to provide quick, expertly vetted answers to questions about poisoning -- the leading cause of injury-related death in America. Visit,, answer a few simple questions, and receive immediate treatment advice. NO app download is necessary.

Text POISON to 797979 to save the contact info for poison control in your phone.

(Source: American Association of Poison Control Centers)

Watch these 30 second videos from the Health Resources and Services Administration about common poison-related incidents in everyday situations.

For more information, read the following publications by Health Resources and Services Administration: