Facts you should know about poison control centers

The following information is from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).

The United States National Poison Hotline is 1-800-222-1222. When you call this number you will be automatically linked to the nearest poison center in the United States. Call this number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to talk to a poison expert.

First Aid Tips provided by AAPCC

Has the person collapsed or stopped breathing?

  • Call 911 or your local emergency number right away.

Has the person swallowed the wrong medicine or too much medicine?

  • Call 1-800-222-1222

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms

Because the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be vague and nonspecific, the diagnosis may be missed or not suspected, particularly when vague, flu-like symptoms develop.

  • Headache,
  • dizziness, and
  • nausea are the most common symptoms.

Has the person inhaled poison?

  • Get to fresh air right away.
  • Call 1-800-222-1222

Is there poison on the person's skin?

  • Take off any clothing that the poison touched.
  • Rinse skin with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Call 1-800-222-1222

Is there poison in the person's eyes?

  • Rinse eyes with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Call 1-800-222-1222

We recommend that you print out a hard copy of this number and place it near your home/business phone(s) for easy access in a poison emergency.

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Medically Reviewed on 6/3/2021
References
Medically reviewed by a Board-Certified Family Practice Physician

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