Poisoning Statistics, 2020 Washington, DC Metro Area
In 2020, the National Capital Poison Center provided consultations for 208,794 people. Approximately 19% (40,199) were calls about people exposed to a poison. An additional 158,378 (76%) were human exposures managed online through webPOISONCONTROL®. Other consultations involved pet poisonings (2,018) and information requests (8,199). 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.
- 8,199 people (16% of the telephone consultations) 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.
- 39% 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.
- 73% 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.
- 72% of poison exposures were safely managed over the phone and did not need medical treatment in a health care facility. However, 85% of those who called a poison center first, before going to a health care facility were safety treated at home. This number increases to nearly 94% when the Poison Center is consulted before other medical intervention is sought in pediatric poisonings.
Summary of Poison Statistics, Washington DC metro area, 2019
Summary of Poison Statistics, Washington DC metro area, 2018
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Summary of Poison Statistics, Washington DC metro area, 2016
Summary of Poison Statistics, Washington DC metro area, 2015
Summary of Poison Statistics, Washington, DC metro area, 2014
Summary of National Poison Statistics, Reports to U.S. Poison Control Centers
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