The Illinois Poison Center is dedicated to reducing harm due to poisoning. Our expert-led helpline provides immediate treatment recommendations to the public and healthcare providers. A trusted resource, IPC is here to help 24 hours a day year-round.
IPC is a non-profit health service. Our vision is to eliminate poisoning harm in all Illinois communities. The IPC team includes experts in the field and highly trained clinical staff, who serve the public in a variety of ways:
IPC saves lives and improves patient care by working hand-in-hand with Illinois hospitals. We give expert medical advice to doctors, nurses and paramedics treating patients exposed to potentially harmful substances. IPC saves the people of Illinois $60 million annually by resolving 90% of poisoning cases from the public over the phone. This success rate prevents unnecessary 911 calls and visits to a doctor or hospital.
We’re passionate about protecting the public from poisoning harm. IPC is the nation’s oldest poison center—and one of the largest. We are part of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association.
IPC experts are specially training in poison prevention and dedicated to keeping the public safe.
Our course covers poison prevention in seven short lessons and quizzes. It offers continuing education credit and free IPC giveaways.
Our blog tackles urgent poisoning concerns and seasonal topics to keep you in the know.