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Poison Prevention

Poison Control Prevention

  • Every day, over 300 children in the United States ages 0 to 19 are treated in an emergency department, and two children die, as a result of being poisoned. It’s not just chemicals in your home marked with clear warning labels that can be dangerous to children.
  • Everyday items in your home, such as household cleaners and medicines, can be poisonous to children as well. Active, curious children will often investigate—and sometimes try to eat or drink—anything that they can get into.
  • Prevention tips:
    • Lock them up
      • Keep medicines and cleaning supplies in their original packaging and away from the reach of children
    • Know the number
      • Know the nation-wide poison control number 1-800-222-1222
      • Call 911 if you have a poison emergency
    • Read the label
      • Follow directions and read all warnings
    • Don’t keep it if you don’t need it!
      • Safely dispose of unneeded, unused, or expired medications (prescription and over-the-counter). To dispose, mix them with coffee grounds or kitty litter and throw them away.
      • Children are not the only ones at risk of poisoning. It is important to be aware of proper safety procedures in order to ensure everyone is protected.
        • Drugs and medicines
          • Only take medication prescribed by your doctor.
          • Never take longer or more frequent doses of your medications.
          • Never share or sell prescription drugs.
          • Follow the directions on prescription drug labels.
          • Turn on light when taking medication.
          • Keep medication in original containers.
          • Monitor the use of medications prescribed for children or teenagers.
  • Household chemicals and carbon monoxide
    • Always read labels.
    • Keep chemical products in their original containers.
    • Never mix household products together.
    • Wear protective clothing when using products.
    • Turn on a fan or open windows when using chemical products
    • Safe medicine disposal
      • Medicine take-back programs: a great way to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired medications
        • Visit disposemymeds.org to find if there is take-back program in your community
  • Disposal of medication in household trash
    • Mix medications with used coffee grounds or kitty litter to prevent people or pets from trying to eat them
    • Place mixture in a sealed, plastic bag
    • Scratch out the label of any empty pill bottle
  • Flushing certain medications
    • Some medications are recommended for flushing down the toilet
    • Visit http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ for a complete list of flushable medications.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Poisoning/preventiontips.htm

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/safechild/Poisoning/index.html

Source: http://www.aapcc.org/prevention/medication-safety/