Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) March 14, 2014
The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) will join local poison centers and poison prevention partners across the country in celebrating National Poison Prevention Week March 16 through 22, 2014, according to AAPCC President Marsha Ford, MD, FACMT, FACEP.
Since 1962, the President of the United States has proclaimed the third week of March as National Poison Prevention Week to raise awareness about the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. This year’s observance will focus on several poison-prevention-related themes:
“Unfortunately, poisonings can happen anywhere to anyone,” Ford said. “The experts at America’s poison centers work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help those with poisoning emergencies or to answer information questions about medications, substance abuse, and other poisoning-related topics. We are excited to highlight ways to prevent poison exposures as we join our fellow poison prevention partners in celebrating the 52nd annual National Poison Prevention Week.”
In 2012, U.S. poison centers answered more than 3.3 million calls, including about 2.2 million calls about human exposures to poisons, more than half involving children younger than 6. More than 87 percent of the people who called with poison emergencies were managed on-site without referral to a healthcare facility, saving an estimated $1.19 billion in medical expenses.
“Our nation’s 55 poison centers are committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of every American through poison prevention and free, confidential, expert information and advice,” said AAPCC Interim Executive Director John Fiegel, CAE. “It’s good to know that help is just a phone call away when the unthinkable happens. Program your cell phone with the Poison Help number and post it on your refrigerator and near your home phone: 1-800-222-1222.”
For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, AAPCC Associate Manager, Public Relations and Government Affairs, at 703.894.1859 or schuster(at)aapcc(dot)org.
The AAPCC supports the nation’s 55 poison center members in their efforts to treat and prevent drug, consumer product, animal, environmental and food poisoning. Members staff the Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222 that provides free, confidential, expert medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year from toxicology specialists, including nurses, pharmacists, physicians and poison information providers. In addition, the AAPCC maintains the only poison information and surveillance database in the United States, providing real-time monitoring of unusual poisoning patterns, chemical exposures and other emerging public health hazards. The AAPCC partners with federal agencies such as HRSA, the CDC and EPA, as well as private industry.
To learn more, visit http://www.aapcc.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or read our blog at aapcc.wordpress.com. To join your voice with other poison center supporters, register for the AAPCC advocacy network at http://www.capwiz.com/aapcc – click on “Action E-List.”