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March 19, 2014

National Poison Prevention Week celebrated

NORMAN — The Oklahoma Poison Center joins poison centers around the country to celebrate National Poison Prevention Week this week.

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 poisoning and how to prevent them.

This year’s observance focuses on several poison prevention-related themes, including: Today — Poisonings Span a Lifetime; Thursday — Home, Safe Home; and Friday — Spotlight on Prescription Painkillers.

“The Oklahoma Poison Center and America’s other 55 poison centers are committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of every American through poison prevention and free, confidential, expert medical services,” said Whitney Kemp, education coordinator. “Our poison center responds to calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to help those who have been exposed to toxic substances.”

In 2013, the Oklahoma Poison Center received 44,342 poison-related calls and placed another 38,115 follow-up calls. Nearly 56 percent of human exposure calls involved children under the age of 5.

The Poison Help number is 800-222-1222.

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