Press Release, Take Poison Prevention Seriously
|NATIONAL CAPITAL POISON CENTER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2017
|Take Poison Prevention Week Seriously
Washington, DC – In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week (March 19-25), the National Capital Poison Center urges all parents to take 2 minutes to learn how to prevent and respond to a poison emergency. More than a million poison exposures occur every year in U.S. children younger than 6 years.
"There are two ways to get free, confidential, expert help if a poisoning occurs," says Dr. Toby Litovitz, MD, Director of the National Capital Poison Center. Either:
There's no need to memorize that contact info. The National Capital Poison Center provides a new "text-to-save" functionality. Text "poison" to 202-677-7600 (don't type the quotes) to save the contact info directly to your smart phone (standard text messaging rates apply). You can also download the vcard at http://vcrd.co/poison/4222. Litovitz: "Share that vcard info with babysitters, grandparents, family and friends."
"Here are 6 important ways to keep your home poison safe," continues Dr. Litovitz:
About the National Capital Poison Center
The National Capital Poison Center is an independent, not-for-profit organization and an accredited poison center. Its nurse and pharmacist Certified Specialists in Poison Information provide 24/7 telephone guidance for poison emergencies, free of charge. It also provides online guidance for poison emergencies through the webPOISONCONTROL® tool, health professional education in toxicology, and poison prevention education. Service focuses on the metro DC area with a national scope for projects such as webPOISONCONTROL, the National Battery Ingestion Hotline (202-625-3333) [battery hotline number is now 800-498-8666], and The Poison Post®.
For more information:
Media Relations at National Capital Poison Center (Washington, DC)
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