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Time to go back to school again!

Another school year is here and the NMPDIC would like to offer some poison prevention tips for our students.

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Venomous Creatures in New Mexico 

Venomous creatures can be found all over New Mexico. This is why it is important to take care while enjoying the great New Mexican outdoors, particular at night when snakes and scorpions come out to hunt prey. Learn how to prevent a venomous bite / sting.


 


 


med spoonDo You Get Confused When Measuring Liquid Medicine?

The Illinois Poison Center posted a great blog, "A Spoonful of Trouble", after a study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics found that 40% of parent participants made a mistake when attempting to measure the correct amount of liquid medicine! There are a number of issues that may be confusing to parents when giving medicine, such as mistaking cubic centimeters (cc) for milliliters (ml), mistaking tablespoons (tbs) for teaspoons (tsp) and using a kitchen spoon to measure teaspoons or tablespoons. Please always use the medicine cup or dropper that comes with the liquid medication to measure the correct amount. Visit our Medication Safety Page for more information.


Program Your Cell With the Poison Help Number:  1-800-222-1222!

You never know when you might find yourself in nature tangled up in poison ivy or bitten by a venomous snake.qr help lineThis is why you should always have the Poison Help number handy when you need help with a poisoning. Please scan the QR code or program your cell with this very important number.

The Poison Help number is a national line that routes each call to the nearest poison center. For example, if you dial 1-800-222-1222 from anywhere in New Mexico you will be connected to the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (NMPDIC).

So be prepared when seconds count. The services offered at the NMPDIC are free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Learn more about NMPDIC 

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