Sunday, March 16, 2014

National Poison Prevention Week March 16-24

This week is National Poison Prevention week. The purpose of this week is to remind everyone of the dangers of unintentional poisonings and how best to prevent poisonings in the first place.

The Utah Poison Control Center (UPCC) was established in 1954 and since that time has responded to more than 1 million calls for assistance. The UPCC is a program of the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. In 2013, the UPCC responded to over 46,000 calls for assistance. Of the potential poisonings, 61% of these cases involved children less than 6 years of age. The UPCC specialist in poison information were able to safely and effectively manage 76% of the poison exposures at home with telephone follow up. You can check out there website at or follow them on Facebook.

We are very grateful for this resource that we have in our community and thank all of those people that help keep our children safe. More to come this week about how to avoid having to call poison control.

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