Poisoned? Two ways to get expert help.

Call Poison Control to speak to an expert 1-800-222-1222

  • Your toddler ate pills from grandma's purse
  • You drank a cleaner, not soda
  • You took the dog's medicine

Don't guess what you should do. Get accurate answers. It's free and confidential.

Call 911 right away if the individual collapses, has a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can't be awakened.

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Mixed up your meds? Found a loose pill? Worried that your refill looks different? Fortunately, most medications can be identified from the letters and numbers imprinted on the pill.

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Tip of the Day

Enjoy the mushrooms, but only those purchased at the grocery store.  People are poisoned each year after collecting mushrooms from their yard or park, thinking they were edible. Some are deadly.

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Poison & Prevention Information

Batteries Cause Devastating Injuries

Swallowed batteries burn through a child's esophagus in just 2 hours, leading to surgery, months with feeding and breathing tubes, and even death. About the size of a nickel, 20 mm, 3-volt lithium coin cells are the most hazardous as they are big enough to get stuck and burn faster. Secure battery compartments and keep loose batteries away from children.

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E-Cigs and Toddlers: Beware

Electronic cigarettes (e-Cigs) are devices made to look like real cigarettes. They contain a battery, a heater, and liquid nicotine. When heated, the nicotine liquid becomes a vapor, which users inhale. Liquid nicotine products contain flavorings and something to help the product vaporize. Liquid nicotine products are very poisonous if swallowed.

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Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer

It's not an intriguing or novel hazard, just the persistent, invisible killer: carbon monoxide. Seriously, you still don't have a carbon monoxide alarm in every sleeping area of your home? Get one! And keep fuel-burning appliances in good repair; don't use grills or gasoline-powered tools indoors, and don't run your car in an attached garage or place a generator close to your home.

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The Poison Post® Free quarterly e-newsletter

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Oops! I Just Took My Dog's Heartworm Medicine

Ivermectin is a beneficial and safe antiparasitic drug used for a wide variety of parasitic diseases in humans and animals. Ivermectin is helping to eliminate onchocerciasis (river blindness), a malady that has plagued millions in the world's poorest communities.

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Prepare for A Poison Emergency

Save Poison Control contact information to your computer and smartphone by texting poison to 484848 or directly downloading our vcard. The vcard has the Poison Control telephone number and the link to online help, if you prefer not to call. Save the 2 ways to get expert help from Poison Control NOW!

Learn the Poison Prevention Jingles

Learn the Poison Help jingle in English or Spanish. Use it to teach the U.S. poison control number 1-800-222-1222! There are 55 poison centers in the U.S. Your call will be routed to the center that serves you, based on your area code and exchange. The jingle is available for download. Play it over and over until it "sticks"!

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Poison Statistics

Age and Gender, Human Poison Exposures Reported to NPDS, 2015

Poisonings by age and gender 2015 data