In 1962 President John F. Kennedy proclaimed the third week in March as National Poison Prevention Week(NPPW). This brings attention to the problem of poisoning and reminds people to:

           - Identify potential poison dangers in the home;

            -Take action to prevent poisonings;

            -Respond if a poison emergency should occur.

    Get everyone in the family involved. Look around your home for poison dangers. Are medications out of sight and reach of children and pets? Are household products stored in their original containers with labels intact?  

    Call immediately if someone has:

        -made a mistake with medication;

        -swallowed something they shouldn’t have;

        -spilled or splashed something harmful in their eyes or on their skin;

        -breathed a harmful gas or fume;

        -encountered a poisonous snake or spider.               

    DON’T WAIT for the person to look or feel sick.

    CALL  1-800-222-1222 - BLUE RIDGE POISON CENTER

    Information gathered from www.brpc.virginia.edu

    Lisa D. Jennings R.T., Clinic Aide

Last Modified on February 7, 2019