Illinois Poison Prevention Month | Illinois Poison Center

Illinois Poison Prevention Month

Jan 18, 2019

Illinois Poison Prevention Month (IPPM) – March 1-31


National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW) - March 17-23, 2019


Each year, U.S. Poison Centers receive more than four million poisoning exposures calls.  The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) handles over 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 cause 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 Rauner's Proclamation       Mayor Emanuel's Proclamation

President Donald Trump'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 centers.
  • Then, order IPPM promotional materials: children's paint sheets, mobile phone popsockets, pencils, posters, safety packets (w/sticker and magnet) and more!
  • Be prepared...Save the free, confidential helpline number (1-800-222-1222) to your phone contacts (and help others to do so too):  text POISON to 797979.
  • Share the press release with your organization's communications/media persons and local community organizations.
  • Check out the "Day in the Life of a Poison Center" blog to see how the IPC helps tens of thousands of Illinoisans each year.
  • Invite Kids/Students to play/view a variety of poison prevention computer games and videos
  • Visit and Share the  "My Child Ate..." resource library
  • 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 IPPM (March 1-31).  No question or issue too big or too small just call 1-800-222-1222!"
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