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Poison Center Helpline 1-800-222-1222

Our Experts

With specialized training in poisoning and toxicology, our team of experts is dedicated to keeping the public safe from poisoning harm.

our experts

our experts

The Illinois Poison Center is staffed with healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses and pharmacists who are specially trained in poisoning and toxicology. Our team members have a common goal: preventing harm from poisoning.

IPC’s highly trained poison specialists are compassionate and knowledgeable about poisoning exposures. Your safety and health are our top priority. With poison specialists speaking both English and Spanish, IPC is here for you. Translation services are available for most languages.

Here when you need us

75k Total cases managed yearly
39% Cases involving children ages 5 or under
90% Cases from the public resolved over the phone

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.