Safe Kids Oregon Reminds You To
Keep Poisons Up & Out of Sight!
The Oregon Poison Center receives over 55,000 calls a year. In 2012 over half of these calls were from parents and caregivers of children under the age of 5 years. The most common need for medical treatment and hospital care is related to pain relieving drugs. Poison safety is the key to poison prevention.
“Many poisonings happen when adults are distracted for just a few minutes, either by the phone, the doorbell or something else,” said Tonya Drayden, R.N., public education coordinator for the Oregon Poison Center. “It only takes a few minutes for the wrong pill or medication to be given or taken.”
Here are a few basic steps for poison safety:
- Follow direction on medicine dosing exactly. Giving or taking too much of a drug is a common mistake.
- Store all household products in their original containers.
- Don’t transfer chemicals or poisons into empty food containers — someone might think it is food.
- If the phone or doorbell rings while using medicine or cleaners, cap it before you answer.
- Keep medicines and cleaners out of sight in cabinets with child-resistant latches.
- Old expired medicines can poison children — throw them out. Contact your community’s Drug Take-Back Program for safe disposal.
- Post the Poison Center phone number – 800-222-1222 in a visible place in your home. Program the number into the home and mobile phones.
The Oregon Poison provides 24-hour poison information and patient management assistance. If you think someone has been poisoned from a medicine or household chemical, call 800-222-1222.
Don’t be alone when there’s a poison emergency. No question is too small.
For more information about the Oregon Poison Center, visit http://www.oregonpoison.org/
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