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Poison Control Hotline: 1-800-222-1222

Please use the Poison Center hotline for poisoning emergencies only

Drug Identification:

Call your local pharmacy

Animal Poisoning:

Call your veterinarian or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA):

Poison Tips:

Poison Facts:

Put your medicines up and away and out of sight
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Poison Prevention Program

No one is immune to a poisoning! Poisoning to you or a loved one can be prevented. Take this time to learn the dangers and steps to protect your family.

Poison Prevention

Poisoning does not discriminate… it can happen to anyone at anytime! Take this opportunity to learn about what you can do to prevent a poisoning to you or a loved one.

  • Poison Lookout Checklist
    When you can answer all the questions with a YES, you have made your home a safer place!
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    Frequently asked questions about poisonings and information about the Poison Center hotline.

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A Day in the Life of a Poison Center - Poison Prevention Week, March 15-21, 2015

Poison Center Help FREE iPhone App!

Connects users to their local poison center and offers tips on how to prevent a poisoning.

Visit the CDC's Poison Prevention site:
Up and Away and Out of Sight!

More than 60,000 young children end up in emergency rooms every year because they got into medicines while their parent or caregiver was not looking. Keep medicines Up and Away and Out of Sight! Learn how…

Download the FREE iPhone app Choose Your Poison available in both English and Spanish!

Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning


Alaska’s Top 3 Poisonings in 2012

(Children younger than 6 years):




Cosmetics/Personal Care Products (APCS)


Analgesics (Painkiller)


Cleaning Substances (Household)


Poison Prevention and Control


Poisoning Safety Tips

  • Read labels and find out which household products or plants are poisonous. If you are not sure about something, keep it where children can't reach it.
  • Lock up poisons and medicines out of sight and reach of children.
  • Don't take medicine in front of children. They might try to copy you.
  • Never leave potentially poisonous household products unattended while you are using them.
  • Throw away old medicines and cleaning products.

Source: Safe Kids Worldwide


Poison Prevention in Alaska

The Poison Prevention program works to reduce child deaths and injuries caused by poisonings by educating parents, childcare providers, and healthcare professionals about Alaska-specific poisonings and methods of treatment.

Unintentional poisoning is the second leading cause of injury hospitalizations for Alaskan children age 0-4. Medications, lamp oil, petroleum products, cosmetics/perfume, household products/cleaners, carbon monoxide, botulism, and plant exposures are common means of poisonings to Alaska's children.

Children are frequently confused about what a poison is; they may know that poisons are 'bad', but do not realize that something sweet-smelling or tasting can be poison too. Many poisonings occur when children are hungry or stressed, or when there is a change in routine such as a holiday.


Strategies and Activities

Alaska-specific brochures, stickers and magnets with the national poison center hotline number, and poison control posters have been distributed throughout the state. A video on poison prevention (produced in 2002) is available through the ISAP office.



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