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When accidents happen with chemicals, medicine, or household items, call Poison Help. Get help right away from a local poison expert.

If someone is unconscious or has trouble breathing, call 911.

How Does Your Family Avoid Poison Ivy?

Just remember: "leaves of three, let it be." Learn more about poisonous plants.

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Poison Prevention for Older Adults

Older Americans Month is celebrated each May to honor older adults’ contributions to our nation and communities – a perfect time to read prevention tips to help older adults avoid poison hazards.

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Program the Poison Help Number Into Your Phone

Accidents happen. Be prepared. Program the Poison Help line number into your phone and share it with your family and friends so it's there when you need it most.

Question of the Month: Does the Poison Help Line Help Healthcare Providers?

Yes. In fact, a quarter of the calls the Poison Help line receives are from healthcare providers. Whether they have a question on an emerging hazard or are looking for local resources to share with patients, the Poison Help line experts can help. Learn more.

Don't Guess. Make the Call.

  1. Call Poison Help (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center, if someone may have been poisoned – even if you’re not sure.
  2. Stay calm – most poisoning emergencies can be resolved quickly.
  3. Call 9-1-1 if the person is unconscious or has trouble breathing.