Poison Help Line
Call 1-800-222-1222 - 24 hours a day to reach a poison expert!
The New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) has joined with 64 other poison centers in a campaign to raise awareness about 1-800-222-1222, a life-saving national hotline for poison emergency treatment and advice.
"This new national hotline is an invaluable resource for New Jersey families. It will help ensure that no matter where they are, they will always know the number for the experts at the closest local poison center. In an emergency when every second counts this information is vitally important and could save a life, said Dr. Steven Marcus. "NJPIES is pleased to join today with poison centers across the country in launching this important hotline and education campaign. It is our hope that everyone will soon know to call 1-800-222-1222 for poison treatment and prevention."
By calling 1-800-222-1222, New Jersey residents will be automatically connected to specially trained nurses, pharmacists and doctors at the closest local poison facility. In the New Jersey area, callers will be connected to the poison experts they have trusted for years at NJPIES. These poison experts will immediately respond to poison emergencies and answer poison-related questions about medications, household products and other potentially dangerous substances. The New Jersey poison center's current toll-free number 1-800-POISON-1 will also continue to operate as it did prior to the new hotline.
When traveling outside of the region, New Jersey residents will be connected to poison experts at the nearest poison center. By connecting callers to the closest center, the hotline is helping to ensure that callers can always reach health care specialists most familiar with local concerns and the local health care community.
"We strongly encourage everyone to learn this new number so they can easily access it, anytime and anywhere in the United States" said Dr. Steven Marcus. "This hotline is an important new tool in our continued effort to raise our residents' awareness about poison dangers and how to prevent poisonings in the first place. We highly encourage local citizens to call and take advantage of this free and confidential service."
The national campaign to raise awareness about the new toll-free hotline is sponsored by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC). The campaign includes radio and print public service announcements, stickers, magnets, brochures and posters with the new hotline number. A new Web site, www.1-800-222-1222.info has also been developed to provide poison prevention information.
Locally, the New Jersey will distribute 1-800-222-1222 promotional materials to local citizens who call the new hotline. In addition, the local poison center will participate in free school poison prevention programs, senior citizen poison prevention and drug information programs, as well as in-services for health professionals to promote the new toll-free hotline to area residents.
The hotline and public awareness campaign are being conducted in accordance with the Poison Control Center Enhancement and Awareness Act (P.L. 106-174), approved by Congress in February 2000. Funding for the program is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration, which works in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC oversees activities related to the toll-free number through a cooperative agreement with AAPCC.