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March 19-25 is National Poison Prevention WeekPoison Control Center logo

March 19-25 is National Poison Prevention Week. Check out these resources for ideas on how to prevent poisonings.  Be prepared for a poisoning emergency and program the Poison Help phone number into your mobile telephone today - 1 (800) 222-1222. Call 911 right away if the individual collapses, has a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can't be awakened.

For advice on possible poisoning, toxic substance or any other environmental hazard emergency, you can call us toll-free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to talk to one of the nurses, pharmacists or doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Regional Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. You can also pre-program the number into your cell phone, or use the itunes app called PoisonHelp. For non-emergencies, send us an e-mail at dmcpcc@dmc.org.

Poisoning and toxic substances sound frightening and remote, but are as close as our cleaning closets, garages and gardens. If you have curious little ones or pets, it’s reassuring to know that a little planning can help make your environment safer for those you love.

Please take a look at the many practical resources here for parents, ranging from mercury poisoning from old mercury thermometers, what to do if you eat something poisonous, and how to prepare for the unthinkable - communications plans, supply kits, and other plans in the event of a strike against the United States. You can take comfort in knowing the thousands of professionals at the Detroit Medical Center are prepared to care for the citizens of Michigan during any regional or national disaster or emergency, including acts of terrorism.

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