How to Prevent Poisoning


March 17-23 is National Poison Prevention Week. We all have a role to play in preventing poisonings.

Learn more about Poison Prevention in Northern New England and get resources from the UVM Medical Center.

Poisonings affect people of all ages, in all kinds of situations. The Northern New England Poison Center (NNEPC) is available 24/7 to offer treatment advice in an emergency and to answer poison-related questions. Call 1-800-222-1222. All calls are free and confidential.

You can also visit to learn more about the NNEPC, to find out about possible poisons and how to prevent poisonings, or to chat online with the same poison specialists who answer the help line. You can also text POISON to 85511 to ask a question.

Take Action This Week

Here are some other steps you can take to help prevent poisonings:

  • Save the Poison Help number, 1-800-222-1222, in your phone, and post it somewhere visible in your home.
  • Seal and lock anything that could potentially harm a child. Child-resistant does NOT mean childproof!
  • Keep a list of ALL medications (prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins and supplements) that you are taking & take the list whenever you go to see your doctor or to the drug store.
  • Keep possibly harmful substances like medicines, cleaning and laundry products, pesticides and button batteries up high, out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Never share your medicine with someone else or use someone else’s medicine.
  • If you wear glasses, always use them when taking medicine. Never take medicine in the dark.
  • Use the dosing device that comes with your medicines. Measure every dose carefully.
  • Always read and follow the directions on the labels of any products you use, including medicine, cleaning products and pesticides.

4 Facts About the Poison Center from NNEPC on Vimeo.

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