Poison Statistics Washington, DC Metro Area, 2019

In 2019, the National Capital Poison Center provided consultations for 220,026 people from the DC metro area. Approximately 20% (45,154) were calls about people exposed to a poison. An additional 162,079 (74%) were human exposures managed online through webPOISONCONTROL®. Other consultations involved pet poisonings (2,067) and information requests (10,726). 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. 
  • 10,726 people (19% 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.
  • 42% 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.
  • 70% 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. 

220,026 Consultations Were Provided in 2019
National Capital Poison Center
Washington DC Metro Area
 2019 washington dc poisoning cases

Reasons for Reported Poison Exposures
National Capital Poison Center, 2019
 2019 washington dc reasons for poisonings

Poisonings by Age Group
National Capital Poison Center, 2019
 2019 washington dc poisonings by age group

Poison Exposures by Age
National Capital Poison Center, 2019
2019 poisoning exposures by age 


Most Common Poison Exposures 
Children <6 Years
National Capital Poison Center, 2019
 2019 most common child poison exposures


Most Common Poison Exposures  
≥ 20 Years of Age 
National Capital Poison Center, 2019
2019 most common adult poison exposures 

Related Links

Summary of Poison Statistics, Washington DC metro area, 2018

Summary of Poison Statistics, Washington DC metro area, 2017

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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