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1-800-222-1222

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.

What Can You Do?

Teen Tips

Prescription drug abuse among teens is common, and very dangerous. In addition, the misuse of inhalants, alcohol, tobacco, and other dangerous substances is also a common cause of poisoning among teens in this country. Parents and adults should closely monitor the use of these substances. Remember that there are trusted adults at poison centers that can give free and confidential information about the use and abuse of prescription drugs and other potential poisons.

Also, teenagers often work as babysitters for young children. If you are watching young children, learn how to avoid common poisons and keep children safe. Poisoning is one of the most common childhood injuries.

Before parents leave you in charge of a child, be sure you have the following basic information:

  • Each child’s age and weight
  • Any allergies or medical conditions
  • Doctor’s name and telephone number
  • Parents' emergency information
  • The toll-free Poison Help line, 1-800-222-1222, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and connects you to your local poison center