Each year, more than four million calls are made to poison centers across the nation each year, with more than 80,000 of those calls being placed into the Illinois Poison Center. To help bring awareness to the dangers of poisoning exposure and to educate the public about poisoning prevention, March is National Poison Prevention Month in Illinois.
According to the Illinois Poison Center (IPC), more hospitalizations can be attributed to poisoning than from motor vehicle crashes or firearm injuries combined.
The IPC has a confidential helpline that can be reached at 1-800-222-1222 and can be contacted if you or someone you know is suspected of being exposed to a poisonous substance. The American Red Cross also offers information on poisoning safety and first aid, including the importance of keeping medicines and chemicals secured and reading medication instructions closely.