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Poison Help:

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):
1-888-426-4435

Poison Tips:


Poison Facts:

Put your medicines up and away and out of sight
Download Factsheet

Food Safety Recall Notices:


 

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!
  • Poison Centers: About
    Frequently asked questions about poisonings and information about the Poison Center hotline.

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Alaska Resources

Materials, Resources, Technology:

Watch this short video to learn why you should program the toll-free Poison Help number (1-800-222-1222) into your phone:


Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning

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Alaska’s Top 3 Poisonings in 2014

(Children younger than 6 years):

Rank

 Exposure

1

Cleaning Substances (Household)

2​

Cosmetics/Personal Care Products

3

Analgesics (Painkillers)


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Poison Prevention and Control

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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

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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.

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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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Carbon Monoxide Information

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Additional Information Resources

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