Senator Manar Introduces Bill in Support of State’s Only Poison Center
Illinois Poison Center saves lives and millions in health care spending annually
Springfield, IL (March 26, 2013) - Senator Andy Manar is proud to introduce SB 1440 to protect the state’s investment in the Illinois Poison Center (IPC), the nation’s oldest poison center. This legislation will appropriate full funding for the IPC, the state’s only remaining poison control, information and treatment center.
“I am grateful for the support and guidance the professionals at the IPC offer to the people of Illinois,” said Senator Manar. “This invaluable service is crucial for public safety in our state.”
The IPC, the oldest and one of the busiest poison centers in the nation, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. In 2012, the IPC handled nearly 82,000 calls from across the state, with close to 49 percent of those calls involving children five years of age and under. The IPC’s expert staff comprised of specially-trained pharmacists, nurses and physicians provides free, confidential treatment advice and information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
“We are honored that Senator Manar is a champion in protecting the IPC and the health of his constituents and those throughout the state,” said IPC Medical Director Dr. Michael Wahl. “This important legislation will help to ensure that the IPC can continue to protect and save lives in Illinois.”
As the leading source of advanced toxicology consultation and training in the state, nearly 28 percent of the calls the IPC receives are from health care providers seeking expert treatment advice for their patients who have been exposed to a hazardous substance. The services provided by the IPC not only save lives, but also provide a significant return on investment. For every $1 in invested in the IPC, there is an estimated $13 savings in health care and lost productivity costs, helping to save Illinois tax payers more than $50 million dollars annually.
To read more about Senator Manar’s support for the IPC, please visit the poison center’s weekly blog.
For more information on the IPC, please visit www.illinoispoisoncenter.org. If you or someone you know has been exposed to a potentially harmful substance, please call 1-800-222-1222.
The Illinois Poison Center is a non-profit health service that provides the people of Illinois with comprehensive and trusted information and treatment advice on potentially harmful substances via a free, confidential 24-hour hotline staffed by specially trained doctors, nurses and pharmacists.