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Poison Prevention Week March 15 - 22
Date:3/16/2009

h the safety or risk of flushing medications has not yet been fully determined, keeping old medications in the home where they can be accessed by young children or used incorrectly creates the opportunity for a potential exposure. Keeping the home safe by disposing of old and unused medications is most important.

The following are some additional poison prevention tips from the CPCS:

  • Keep the number 1-800-222-1222 on or near all phones.
  • Keep medicines and cleaning products out of reach of children and in locked cabinets.
  • Always keep products in the containers they came in.
  • Never keep cleaning products, gasoline, antifreeze, pain and paint thinners, or lighter fluid in something you would use for food or a beverage.
  • Do not store food and household cleaners in the same cabinet.
  • Never call medicine candy.
  • Do not take medicine in front of children; they love to do what adults do.
  • If you are in the middle of taking medicine or using a cleaning product and you need to answer the door or phone, take it with you.
  • If you are a grandparent, be sure to keep your medicine and vitamins where your grandchildren can't get to them.
  • Keep things like make-up perfume, cigarettes, alcohol and vitamins where children can't reach them.

In case of an accidental poisoning, consumers should immediately call the CPCS at 1-800-222-1222 for advice. Pharmacists, Nurses, Physician-Toxicologists and Poison Information Providers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help. In most cases a poison exposure can be safely managed at home with the help of a CPCS poison center expert, avoiding a call to 911 or a visit to a crowded hospital emergency room. Many parents think about contacting the poison control services only in case of an emergency, but experts are a
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