Please use the Poison Center hotline for poisoning emergencies only
Call your local pharmacy
Call your veterinarian or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA):
The Alaska Poison Control System (APCS)
Poison Prevention Program
No one is immune to a poisoning… it can happen to anyone at anytime! Poisoning to you or a loved one can be prevented. Take this opportunity to learn about the dangers and the steps you can take to protect yourself and your family - learn how to prevent avoidable tragedy.
- 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.
Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning
Alaska’s Top 3 Poisonings in 2014
(Children younger than 6 years):
Cleaning Substances (Household)
Cosmetics/Personal Care Products
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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