The Illinois Poison Center is dedicated to reducing the incidence and injury of poisoning in our communities through immediate expert telephone treatment recommendations, innovative public and healthcare professional education, and focused research.
Our vision is an Illinois that no longer suffers from the harm of poisoning
The Illinois Poison Center is a non-profit health service that provides the people of Illinois with access to comprehensive and trusted information and treatment advice on potentially harmful substances via a free, confidential 24-hour helpline: 1-800-222-1222. The helpline is staffed by specially trained medical experts, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists.
The IPC serves as the state’s leading source of advanced toxicology training and consultation for healthcare professionals. Working closely with colleges and universities in Illinois, the IPC provides curriculum for nursing, pharmacy and medical students to further their knowledge of toxicology.
The IPC engages volunteers within Illinois communities to help provide the general public with outreach education on poison prevention information on potentially harmful substances. The IPC also partners with public health agencies, such as the CDC, to monitor related hazardous threats.
The IPC saves lives and improves patient care by working hand-in-hand with hospitals in Illinois to provide expert medical advice to doctors, nurses and paramedics treating patients exposed to potentially harmful substances. In addition, the IPC saves the people of Illinois $50 million annually by resolving 90 percent of poisoning cases from the general public over the telephone, preventing unnecessary 911 calls and visits to a doctor or hospital.
The nation’s oldest and one of the largest poison centers, the IPC is a program of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council.