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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.

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Poisoning Prevention Tips for the Holiday Season

Our holiday tip sheet includes information to help you enjoy the holiday season and stay safe at the same time.

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Poison Help En Espanol.

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You can find Poison Help information in Spanish. Just click the “Español” link at the top of each page.

Program the Poison Help Number Into Your Phone

Accidents happen. Be prepared. Program the Poison Help line number into your phone and share it with your family and friends so it’s there when you need it most.

How poison centers can save money

Visualize the Value of Poison Centers

America's 55 poison centers don't just save lives, they save money too. Every dollar invested in poison centers saves $13.39 in healthcare costs and lost productivity. Check out this infographic and learn why poison centers are a smart investment.

Don't Guess. Make the Call.

  1. Call Poison Help (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center, if someone may have been poisoned – even if you’re not sure.
  2. Stay calm – most poisoning emergencies can be resolved quickly.
  3. Call 9-1-1 if the person is unconscious or has trouble breathing.