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Illinois Poison Prevention Month

March is Illinois Poison Prevention Month. This month raises awareness about poisoning hazards and risks, especially for children. Be proactive by adding IPC to the contacts in your phone. Our free, confidential helpline is 1-800-222-1222 and available around the clock.

Why is Poison Prevention Month so important?

  • IPC is a valuable resource for all Illinois residents concerned about a potential poisoning. Every year, IPC handles 80,000 cases through our helpline. Nearly one-third of those cases originates from a healthcare facility—we are the toxicology consultants to Illinois healthcare professionals.
  • Each year, poison centers across the U.S. manage more than 2 million cases about poisoning exposure. Of those cases, almost half involve children 5 years old and younger.
  • IPC handles a variety of cases, ranging from minor to severe. Poisonings can occur after exposure to medication, vitamins/supplements, plants, household chemicals, automotive products, insect stings, animal bites, lead, carbon monoxide, etc.

Help support IPC’s work to reduce poisoning harm

It's easy to make a difference: Simply share poison prevention with your family, friends and community!

Promote poison prevention in your community

IPC offers several promotional items that you can order once you’ve completed our Poison Prevention Education Course. Items include mouse pads, smartphone rings and stands, children’s activity sheets (English and Spanish), stickers, magnets, and our Safety Packet (English and Spanish). IPC’s Poison Prevention Education Course is available in English and Spanish. Start the course today.

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80k Total cases managed yearly
41% Cases involving children ages 5 or under
90% Cases from the public resolved over the phone

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Poison Center HelplineCalls are free and confidential.

  1. In Case of Emergency

    Call 911 if someone is unconscious or is having difficulty breathing.

  2. Remain Calm

    Most poison emergencies can be resolved quickly over the phone.

  3. Call the Helpline

    Call 1-800-222-1222 if you are concerned that you or someone else has been exposed to a potentially harmful substance.