Home Poisoning Prevention
Who’s at risk?
Most unintentional poisoning deaths happen to adult males, age 25-44. And many of those deaths are caused by illegal drug use.
However, all age groups are at risk, and there are many different types of poisoning – from small children ingesting toxic household products to elderly people using prescription drugs incorrectly
Here’s how you can keep your family poison-free:
- Keep all household products and medications out of youngsters’ reach – preferably locked up. Buy products with child-resistant packaging whenever possible, and close containers securely.
- Always read and follow the label on both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. If you have questions, call your doctor or pharmacist.
- Never mix medicines with alcohol, take more than the prescribed amount, or borrow a friend’s medicine.
- Discard any medicines that have passed their expiration date by pouring them down the drain or toilet.
- Avoid drug interactions by telling your doctor what other medications you’re taking.
- Keep the number of your local Poison Control Center or the national toll-free number (800-222-1222) near your phone. The national number will automatically connect you to the nearest PCC.
Content used with permission from the National Safety Council, a membership organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health.
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This content was last modified on: 08/11/2008