Poison and Medication Awareness


In 2017, Safe Kids conducted a nationwide online survey among 2,000 parents with children under age 6 in order to better understand their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors when it comes to the safe storage of medicine.

The survey findings revealed a striking gap between parents’ knowledge of what they should do to protect kids from accidental medicine poisoning and their own behavior or attitudes. In fact, while 9 in 10 parents agree it is important to store all medicine out of sight and up high after every use, nearly 7 in 10 report that, in reality, they often store medicine within a child’s sight – on a shelf or surface at or above counter height.  Take a few minutes to read more about the research study conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide, HERE.

National Poison Prevention Week is March 19 – 25 2017. The increase of medicines in the home since 1980 is staggering: Today there are three times as many prescriptions filled in the U.S. and five times as many dollars spent on over-the-counter medicines. With more medicine in the home than ever before, Safe Kids Oregon is putting parents on alert to be vigilant about protecting their children from medicine poisoning because parents and caregivers are the first line of defense in ensuring that children of all ages are safe from poisoning.


What Families Can Do to Protect Kids

  • Put all medicine up and away and out of sight. Check all the places where kids get into medicine.
  • Remember to safely store all potentially harmful health products.
  • Only use the dosing device that comes with the medicine.
  • Write clear instructions for caregivers about your child’s medicine.
  • Save the Poison Help line in your phone: 1-800-222-1222.

Oregon Poison Center

The Oregon Poison Center is participating in National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW). NPPW is a nationally designated week to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. Preventable poisonings happen too often, in fact according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), poisoning is the leading cause of injury deaths in the United States. Each year, the Oregon Poison Center answers a little over 50, 000 calls regarding poisonings. The Poison Center also provides community outreach to prevent poison emergencies. The Poison Center provides free, expert information and treatment advice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

The Oregon Poison Center just rolled out a Poison Prevention Online Training. This online training is open to anyone who wants to learn about poison prevention. It is 100% free and once you finish the training, you will have access to a useful resource library. To learn more please click HERE.

Additional Resources

Poison Safety Tips       Medicine Safety Study      Medication Safety  Tips

Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States.  Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury.  Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is proudly led by Oregon Child Development Coalition.

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