POISON 24 hour Poison hotline 800-222-1222
Over a million cases of poisoning occur in the United States each year, most involving young children.
PREVENTION of poisoning should be the concern of every parent with young children.
Substances likely to cause poisoning should be kept away from inquiring youngsters! Since various poisons cause different symptoms, and because treatments vary depending upon the substance ingested, the first step in the event of poisoning is to call the local POISON CONTROL CENTER!
DO NOT WAIT FOR SYMPTOMS TO OCCUR!
IDENTIFY THE NATURE OF THE POISON AND RECEIVE SPECIFIC CARE INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE PROFESSIONAL STAFF AT THE CENTER!
All poisoning victims need to be monitored carefully for signs of shock or impaired consciousness. Every household should keep ACTIVATED CHARCOAL & SYRUP OF IPECAC on hand for possible use in poisoning emergencies, however they should not be administered unless instructed by the Poison Control Center staff. Both of these items are readily available, without prescription, at any drug store.