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 484848 (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®.
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