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Monday, March 10, 2014
Annually, over 1 million children under the age of five are poisoned, with more than 130,000 needing medical attention. Although most of these poison exposures can be managed at home, less than half of all families call a poison center when a child or other family member is poisoned.
The Central Ohio Poison Center provides the people of central and southeastern Ohio with state-of-the-art poison prevention, assessment, and treatment. One of 58 American Association of Poison Control Regional Certified Centers, the Central Ohio Poison Center handles more than 39,000 poison exposure calls annually. Pharmacists and nurses, specially trained and certified in poisoning treatment, staff the Poison Center, supervised by a Board-Certified Medical Toxicologist. The Poison Center's services are used by the public, medical professionals (in pre-hospital, hospital and community practice), industry and human service agencies.
Confidential emergency poisoning treatment advice is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling the Poison Emergency Hotline: 1-800-222-1222. This service is provided free to the public.
The Central Ohio Poison Center's "Be Poison Smart!"® Program provides education and materials to healthcare professionals, students, parents and the general public.
S. David Baker, PharmD, DABAT and the Doctorate of Pharmacy candidates answer your Pharmacy and Medications questions.
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Last Reviewed: Mar 24, 2008
David Baker, PharmD, DABAT
Formerly, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University