Poison Control help when
you don't want to call
- The problem:
- Nearly 6,000 people call U.S. poison centers for poison exposures every day.
- BUT 4,000 to 9,000 more people per day don’t call for help with a poison exposure
- What’s wrong with that?:
- Many people just guess whether a possible poisoning is serious.
- Reliable information from a poison expert can prevent serious illness, even death, and avoid unnecessary healthcare costs.
- Why aren’t they calling?
- “I don’t like talking on the phone."
- “I’m embarrassed.”
- “I don’t want my kids to hear and get scared.”
- “I’m afraid I’ll be judged.”
- “I despise phone queues.”
- The solution: webPOISONCONTROL provides fast, accurate guidance for poison exposures online
- Simple question and answer format
- Over 96% of users find it quick and easy to use
- Barcode scanning for easy product identification
- Written recommendations are provided on screen and via email so the user can review the recommendations later
- Takes just 3 minutes, on average, to get an answer
- So use webPOISONCONTROL for quick and easy online help next time:
- Grandma takes the wrong pill
- You spray cleaner in your eye
- Your toddler eats a berry from the yard
- You take a double-dose of your medicine
- Your son gets into that bottle of pills
- Your child eats lipstick
- Your teen is bitten by a spider
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