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.
The toll-free Poison Help line, 1-800-222-1222, which connects you to your local poison center, is your resource for help in a poisoning emergency.
When you call, you will speak with a specially trained nurse, pharmacist, or doctor at your local poison center.
You can call from anywhere in the United States and many territories.
This Web site tells you about poisons, poison safety and prevention, and when to contact your poison center. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), funds the Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center, and Poison Help Web site. Visit Reports and Studies for statistics about calls to Poison Help.
The Federal Program
The Poison Control Program is authorized through Public Law 110-377, the Poison Center Support, Enhancement, and Awareness Act of 2008. This is an amendment to Public Law 108-194, which was enacted in 2003. The HRSA Poison Control Program is legislatively mandated to:
Other activities supported by the Poison Control Program include:
1. Bronstein AC, Spyker DA Cantilena LR, Green JL, Rumack BH, Giffin SL. 2008 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 26th Annual Report. 2009. Clinical Toxicology (2009) 47, 911–1084.