The American Association of Poison Control Centers is a national non-profit organization representing each of the 55 poison control centers in the United States, the more than 1,700 professionals these centers employ, as well as other poison-related organizations. AAPCC’s mission is to actively advance the health care role and public health mission of its members through information, advocacy, education, and research.
Poison control centers have been providing vital poison exposure and information services in the United States for more than 60 years. Answering close to three million calls a year, centers save countless lives and millions of tax dollars.
Currently, there are 55 poison control centers in the U.S. that collectively serve all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Federated States of Micronesia, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. These centers provide the following services to their designated geographic area:
- Poison Help: 1-800-222-1222 - Poison control centers provide free, confidential, and expert medical advice via the Poison Help hotline: 1-800-222-1222. Each center answers calls to Poison Help from a designated geographic area, including calls from the public, hospitals, EMTs, and other health care providers. All calls are answered by physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other medical professionals with specific training in toxicology. This free and confidential service operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
- Public Education and Outreach - Poison control centers educate the public on poison safety and promote the use of the Poison Help hotline. Centers identify the specific poison topics and populations of greatest need in their geographic area. To request materials or learn about educational programming in your area, contact your local poison control center.
- Health Professional Education - Poison control centers also provide education to current and future health professionals in the areas of emergency medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and more. Training and education programs typically cover various topics in toxicology, emerging drugs, and treatment of a poisoned patient.
- Additional Services - With highly trained health professionals available by phone 24/7, poison control centers can provide numerous additional public health services. These services are determined by the needs and structure of the local public health infrastructure. Examples include: disaster preparedness and response, HAZMAT response, reportable disease monitoring, pill identification, and more.
- OTC Medicine Safety: AAPCC is working with Scholastic, Inc. and McNeil Consumer Healthcare to develop and promote the OTC Medicine Safety program, which teaches students in grades five and six and their families about the safe use of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines.
- This shows how teachers use the program to enhance their existing curriculum: https://players.brightcove.net/1543299976/rkfIuUeWU_default/index.html?videoId=5423571918001
- A few videos on how-to use the program: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/sponsored-content/otc-medicine-safety/videos-to-foster-medicine-safety/
- For community leaders: http://www.scholastic.com/otc-med-safety/community/
- For families: http://www.scholastic.com/otc-med-safety/families/
- Georgia Poison Center: one of 55 centers across the United States. We provide 24/7/365 poison information service and poisoning education resources for the healthcare professionals and residents of Georgia.
- National Poison Center Brochures in English and Spanish have been uploaded.
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American Association of Poison Control Centers
4601 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
Contact: Yasmine Harding, MS, CHES
Georgia Poison Center
Contact: Britni Overall, CHES
To connect with your local poison center please fill out the google doc link below. At the close of the conference, this spreadsheet will be shared with each poison center educator so they can reach out to you. - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1nRUVyJ_TedpaWNhp8P6cZ52c3TA1kOM9vqkR1i0CMjg/edit?usp=sharing
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