South Texas Poison Center Highlights National Poison Prevention Week
The South Texas Poison Center is also sponsoring a poster contest for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students, and deadline for entries has been extended to March 22. Poster contest information can be found here:http://www.texaspoison.com/postercontest2013.pdf or on a link in the center of the poison center’s home page at texaspoison.com.
In 2011, U.S. poison centers answered more than 3.6 million calls, including about 2.3 million calls about human exposures to poisons, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. About 90 percent of the people who called with poisoning emergencies were treated at home following the advice of poison center experts, saving millions of dollars in medical expenses.
“Poisoning can occur at any time and to anyone,” Fernández said. “The South Texas Poison Center helps those who have been exposed to a poison and answers questions about a potential poisoning. We also reach out to our communities with information about how poisonings occur and ways to prevent them. Prevention is the best possible medicine.”
The South Texas Poison Center covers 47 counties in South Texas and answers more than 200 calls each day. The South Texas Poison Center is staffed by highly trained medical professionals including medical doctors, nurses, and pharmacists.
“If the unthinkable happens, it’s good to know help is just a phone call away,” Fernández said. “Program your cell phone with the Poison Help number and post it near your home phone: 1-800-222-1222.”
National Poison Prevention Week, established by the U.S. Congress, is commissioned by the Poison Prevention Week Council, an organization of public and private partners committed to reducing poisonings and promoting poisoning prevention.
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