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Illinois Poison Prevention Month

Nov 26, 2020
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  Celebrate Illinois Poison Prevention Month (IPPM) – March 1-31

 

 

 

Each year, U.S. poison centers receive more than four million poisoning exposures calls.  The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) handles nearly 100,000 calls annually via its toll-free, confidential hotline (1-800-222-1222).  Of those calls, more than half involved children 5 years of age and under.  Calls range from people exposed to a variety of substances that can be potentially harmful causing minimal to fatal reaction. An example of these substances are: medications, vitamins/supplements, household/automotive products, plants, insect/animal bites and stings, lead, carbon monoxide, chemicals, etc.

 

For children ages 18-36 months, poisoning is

the #1 cause

of injury-related hospitalization and death

 

In 2005, poisoning surpassed firearms to become the

second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death

in the US behind motor vehicle accidents

 

You Can Make all the Difference…Now and in March!

 

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