Poison Prevention Week 2020

Poison Prevention Week started in 1961 and is the third full week of March each year. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) 2018 report stated that over two million cases were managed by poison control, a call to poison control was made every 12 seconds, and that nearly two billion dollars of medical costs were saved because of poison control centers.

What is poison?Tips for med safety

Anything that can cause harm if used in the wrong way, if used by the wrong person, or if used in the wrong amount.

When is Poison Prevention Week?

March 15, 2020 to March 21, 2020

Why is there a Poison Prevention Week?

The United States dedicates a full week to poison prevention to raise and promote awareness about the risk of poisoning.

How can pharmacists help?

Pharmacists are the most available and easily accessible healthcare professionals. They can provide the public with information on poison and where to go for help, educate patients about the importance of proper medication storage, provide over the counter medication safety, promote awareness about common medications that can be toxic, and information on resources for local medication take back locations.

Where to gPoison Helpo for help?

Poison Control phone number 1-800-222-1222

Text POISON to 797979 to save the contact information for poison control in your phone

Online help at PoisonHelp.org


Local poison control center.

Pittsburgh Poison Center

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

200 Lothrop Street

Pittsburgh, Pa 15213


Additional Resources on poison prevention:




Published March 2020

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