Poison Statistics Washington, DC Metro Area, 2014 In 2014, the National Capital Poison Center provided consultations for 56,896 callers from the DC metro area. Seventy-one percent (40,173) were about people exposed to a poison. Other consultations involved pet poisonings (1,489) and information requests (15,234). Some interesting facts include: Most poison exposures (77%) were unintentional. The Center also received calls about other types of poisonings: medication side effects, substance abuse, malicious poisonings, and suicide attempts. 15,234 people (27%) called for poison-related information. Their questions were about possible problems with medication interactions, pesticide use, workplace chemicals, the safety of specific medications while breast-feeding, and many more topics. 44% of poison exposures involved children younger than six, but the most serious cases occurred in adolescents and adults. 55% of poison exposures involved medications; other exposures were to household or automotive products, plants, mushrooms, pesticides, animal bites and stings. 75% of poison exposures involved people who swallowed a drug or poison. People were also poisoned by inhalation and through exposures to the skin or eyes. 65% of poison exposures were safely managed over the phone and did not need medical treatment in a health care facility. However, 83% of those who called a poison center first, before gong to a health care facility were safety treated at home. This number increases to 90% for pediatric poisonings when the Poison Center is consulted first, before other medical intervention is sought. 56,896 Consultations Were Provided in 2014 Reasons for Reported Poison Exposures National Capital Poison Center, 2014 Poisonings by Age Group National Capital Poison Center, 2014 Poison Exposures by Age National Capital Poison Center, 2014 Most Common Poison Exposures for Children < 6 Years National Capital Poison Center, 2014 Related Links Summary of Poison Statistics, Washington DC region Summary of National Poison Statistics, Reports to U.S. Poison Control Centers National Data Poisoned? Get Expert Help. Don't guess what you should do. Get accurate Poison Control answers online or by phone. Both are free and confidential.Get HELP ONLINE or CALL 1-800-222-1222 Get the App! Download the free webPOISONCONTROL® app. Support Us Help us save lives! Donate now so we can continue to provide 24/7 expert help for poison emergencies. Your donation to our 501(c)(3) charitable organization will keep the phone lines open and the app online. Donate Now Poison Statistics National Poison Statistics Subscribe to The Poison Post® The Poison Post® is a free, quarterly e-newsletter delivering poison prevention tips right to your inbox! The Poison Post You're invited! Your phantom ball invitation Spike: A preschool poison prevention program Spike: Quills Up - Stay Away! Habla español? Need help in Spanish? Poison Control brinda ayuda en español. Información en español Common and dangerous poisons Know your poisons! Which are common? Which are the most dangerous? Keep your child safe. Watch out for these poisons! What happens when I call Poison Control? Poison Control is available 24 hours a day to provide free, expert and confidential guidance in a poison emergency. When you call, a poison specialist will ask you questions to determine the severity of your case, then provide recommendations. What happens when I call?