Here are the facts: Unintentional poisoning deaths are on the rise in the U.S. An estimated 71,000 children (18 years old and younger) are seen in emergency departments each year because of poisonings from medications (excluding recreational drug use). More than 80 percent of visits are because an unsupervised child found and consumed medications. In 2007, almost 30,000 people in the United States died from unintentional poisoning.
"We are very concerned about the dramatic rise in poisonings, so it is critical that information about ways to prevent poisoning becomes more widely known and disseminated," said Stuart E. Heard, Pharm.D, Executive Director, CPCS. "We offer a variety of free services to prevent poisoning that we encourage consumers to use." These include:
2. Interpreters are available at all times for over 100 languages.
6. Facebook page where consumers can get news and share information https://www.facebook.com/pages/California-Poison-Control-System/50673939651.
7. Twitter information at @poisoninfo engaging moms and dads, nonprofit organizations and others. CPCS stages intermittent "15 Minutes with an Expert" on Twitter where followers can ask a medical toxicologist any questions.
8. YouTube channel for English and Spanish videos at http://bit.ly/Y8vtfY.
For more information about California Poison Control, visit www.calpoison.org.
Suggested tweet: @poisoninfo says text TIPS to 69866 for #nopoison info
About California Poison Control
CPCS is dedicated to providing California's residents with the most up-to-date information regarding poisoning. In case of an accidental poisoning, consumers should immediately call 1-800-222-1222 for advice. Pharmacists, nurses, physician-toxicologists and poison information providers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help. In most cases, a poison exposure can be safely managed in your home, avoiding a call to 911 or a visit to a crowded hospital emergency room. Many parents think about contacting the poison control services only in case of an emergency, but experts are available to answer questions any time. Weekly tips about home and family safety are available by texting TIPS to 69866. Follow CPCS on Facebook at California Poison Control and on Twitter @poisoninfo.
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