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Poison Center Helpline 1-800-222-1222

Take Action

Your actions to reduce poisoning harm can make a difference. The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) encourages the public, educators and healthcare professionals to take concrete actions to support our role as a life-saving resource for all Illinoisans.

Save the IPC Helpline Number

Add the IPC helpline number, 1-800-222-1222, as a contact in your cell phone. That way, in case of emergency, you don’t have to search for our number. It will be right at your fingertips, saving you time and avoiding more stress.

Take Our Online Poison Prevention Course

Staying safe means being informed. Take FREE online Poison Prevention Education Course. Available in English and Spanish, the course consists of seven short lessons and corresponding quizzes. After completing the course, you can access our free education materials to share with your family, friends and community. These include stickers, magnets, children’s activity sheets, posters and brochures. Continuing Education Credit is available.

Participate in Poison Prevention Month

Every March is Illinois Poison Prevention Month. Join parents, grandparents, teachers, students, librarians, doctors, nurses and pharmacists by promoting poison prevention. IPC offers free Poison Prevention Month promotional items for a limited time.

Request Complimentary Safety Packet

IPC’s free Safety Packet includes a sticker, magnet, word search for children, poison prevention checklist and first aid recommendations. Request a packet for yourself and for your friends and loved ones. Request a packet today.

Subscribe to IPC News

Keep up-to-date with the latest from IPC. Get updates about IPC, FDA recalls and poison prevention tips. Subscribe today.

Donate to IPC

Every dollar counts! Your donation helps IPC meet the poison control needs of Illinois. Donate today.

Contact IPC at if you have questions and/or comments.  

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.