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Poison Center Helpline 1-800-222-1222

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Poison help you can trust.

Turn to the Illinois Poison Center for trusted information and treatment advice on potentially harmful substances. We're here to help you and your loved ones.
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It happens often. Children eat something they shouldn’t have. Get expert advice on what to do next.

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72k Total cases managed yearly
39% Cases involving children ages 5 or under
90% Cases from the public resolved over the phone

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We’re passionate about protecting the public from poisoning harm. IPC’s team includes highly trained clinical staff who are experts in the field.

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Poison Center HelplineCalls are free and confidential.

  1. In Case of Emergency

    Call 911 if someone is unconscious or is having difficulty breathing.

  2. Remain Calm

    Most poison emergencies can be resolved quickly over the phone.

  3. Call the Helpline

    Call 1-800-222-1222 if you are concerned that you or someone else has been exposed to a potentially harmful substance.