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Poison Prevention Education 

Learn about poisons, who’s at risk and how to prevent poisonings with the Illinois Poison Center’s online course. The course is available in English and Spanish. Start the course today.

If you already completed the course, you can now order promotional items.

Staying safe means being informed. IPC is here to guide you through strategies to prevent harm due to poisoning. Our online Poison Prevention Education Course consists of seven short lessons and corresponding quizzes. The course is available in both English and Spanish and can be done on your computer or mobile devices.

You can complete the course at your convenience. If you want to log off after the first lesson and quiz, you can return as many times as you like to complete the rest of the lessons and quizzes.

Why take this course?

  • Learn more about poison prevention

  • Learn about the cases and issues that poison centers in the U.S. handle

  • Learn how to educate others about poison prevention

  • Earn continuing education credit

  • Access Illinois Poison Prevention Month promotional items

  • Receive seasonal e-bulletins with tips, tools and helpful information

What does the course cover?

  • Facts about U.S. poison centers

  • Facts about poisons

  • Potential poisons

  • Who is at risk of poisonings

  • How to prevent poisonings

  • What to do in case of a poisoning

  • How to share poison prevention information

What are the benefits?

After completing the course, you will receive:

  • A Certificate of Completion you can present to your work or other association for continuing education credit (depending on the organization’s rules).

  • Immediate access to the online Poison Prevention Education Resource Center for all your future outreach/education events or activities. Download and/or order educational materials and presentation tools any time you want them (most are free): stickers, magnets, posters, handouts, children’s activity sheets, tool kits, presentation materials, etc. 

Who can take the course?

Anyone age 13 or older, living and/or working in Illinois is welcome to complete the course and utilize the course resource center. If you do not live or work in Illinois, please contact your local poison center for available trainings and resources.

Start the course today. If you already completed the course, log in to order or download education and/or presentation materials.

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Contact us with questions at or 312-906-6136.

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.