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):

Poison Facts:

Put your medicines up and away and out of sight
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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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Poison Prevention Resources:

What can you do? Be Prepared!
In honor of National Poison Prevention Week Text. Save. Share:
  • Program your phone so you're ready for an emergency:
    TEXT the word “poison” to 797979
    & you will get a text with a link to a vCard to download to your smartphone contacts. It is pre-loaded with POISON CONTROL contact information (1-800-222-1222).
  • SAVE the poison control contact information to you phone.
  • Take the pledge and SHARE it with at least 3 of your contacts, and on Facebook and Twitter Text. Save. Share.

Text, Save, Share - Poison Prevention 1-800-222-1222

Important Resources

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


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)


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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  • Margy Hughes, margy.hughes@alaska.gov,