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In an Emergency

1. Call the Poison Center Helpline (1-800-222-1222) if you or another person have been exposed to something that might cause an unwanted and/or unexpected reaction.


2. Remain calm - the majority of poison emergencies can be resolved quickly; over the phone


3. Call 9-1-1 if the person is unconscious or has difficulty breathing.





Apr 24, 2017
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Thank you for your continued support for the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) and our efforts to protect its state funding. Unfortunately, the current budget impasse in Springfield has eliminated the funding for this critical program and, if full funding is not restored, the IPC will be forced to close, leaving Illinois as the only state in the nation without poison center services.

The State’s investment in the IPC saves over $60 million in health care costs per year, $15 million of which is in Medicaid savings, through decreased emergency department visits and reduced lengths of stay for hospitalized patients. Please join us (click here) in urging the Illinois General Assembly to reinstate funding for the IPC because the State of Illinois can’t afford to close its last remaining poison center. 


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