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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.




Illinois Poison Prevention Month

Jan 17, 2018
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Illinois Poison Prevention Month (IPPM) – March 1-31

National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW) - March 18-24, 2018

(Check back in Jan. 2018 for more detailed info and promotional materials)


Each year, U.S. Poison Centers receive more than four million poisoning exposures calls.  The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) handles over 80,000 calls annually via its FREE, confidential helpline (1-800-222-1222).  Of those calls, almost half involved children 5 years of age and under but the most serious cause involved an adult.  Calls range from people exposed to a variety of substances that can be potentially harmful causing minimal to fatal reaction  (medications, vitamins/supplements, plants, chemicals household/automotive products, insect/animal bites and stings, lead, carbon monoxide, etc.)



In Illinois, there are more people hospitalized for poisonings than for injuries from firearms and motor vehicle collisions combined


9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs/medications


 Governor Rauner's Proclamation       Mayor Emanuel's Proclamation

President Donald Trump's Proclamation



IT'S EASY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE...Simply share poison prevention information with your family, friends, coworkers and community:

  • First...Know the Basics:  If you haven’t already done so, complete the IPC’s quick, free online Poison Prevention Education Course and learn more about poison prevention, poison centers.
  • Then, order IPPM promotional materials: children's paint sheets, jar grippers, safety packets (w/stickers and magnets), posters and more.
  • Check out the "Day in the Life of a Poison Center" blog to see how the IPC helps tens of thousands of Illinoisans each year.
  • Invite Kids/Students to play/view a variety of poison prevention computer games and videos
  • Visit and Share the  "My Child Ate..." resource library
  • Save the Number to your phone (and encourage others to do so as well):  1-800-222-1222
  • Place the Following Message at the end of every email you send during the month of March: "Join me in celebrating Illinois Poison Prevention Month (March 1-31) and get a variety of FREE poison prevention materials!"
  • Post the same message on your Facebook wall
  • Tweet "I'm Celebrating IPPM (March 1-31).  No question or issue too big or too small just call 1-800-222-1222!"
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