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Illinois Poison Prevention Month

Oct 20, 2020
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Illinois Poison Prevention Month (IPPM) – March 1-31


National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW) - March 21-27, 2021


Each year, U.S. Poison Centers receive more than four million poisoning exposures calls.  The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) handles nearly 80,000 calls annually via its FREE, confidential helpline (1-800-222-1222).  Of those calls, almost half involved children 5 years of age and under but the most serious cases involved an adult.  Calls range from people exposed to a variety of substances that can be potentially harmful causing minimal to fatal reaction (medications, vitamins/supplements, plants, chemicals household/automotive products, insect/animal bites and stings, lead, carbon monoxide, etc.)



In Illinois, there are more people hospitalized for poisonings than for injuries from firearms and motor vehicle collisions combined! *


9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs/medications



 Governor Pritzker's Proclamation      Chicago Mayor Lightfoot's Proclamation



IT'S EASY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE...Simply share poison prevention information with your family, friends, coworkers and community:


  • First...Know the Basics:  If you haven’t already done so, complete the IPC’s quick, free online Poison Prevention Education Course and learn more about poison prevention, poison center.
  • Then, order FREE IPPM promotion materials: Smartphone ring stands, children's paint sheets, magnifier/bookmark/rulers, posters, safety packets (w/sticker and magnet) and more!
  • Share the press release with your organization's communications/media persons and local community organizations.
  • Save the Number to your phone (and encourage others to do so as well):  1-800-222-1222
  • Place the Following Message at the end of every email you send during the month of March: "Join me in celebrating Illinois Poison Prevention Month (March 1-31) and get a variety of FREE poison prevention materials!"
  • Post the same message on your Facebook wall
  • Tweet "I'm celebrating IL Poison Prevention Month (March 1-31). Free promo/ed. materials available! Remember: No question or issue too big or too small, just call the experts at 1-800-222-1222 (free/confidential call, 24/7/365)!"


*Source: Making Illinois Safer: Injury, Violence, and Suicide Prevention Data Book The Burden of Injury, Violence, and Suicide in Illinois, 2010-2015 February 2018:

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