NM Poison & Drug Information Center

MSC 07 4390
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
UNM Business Center - 1650 University NE
Suite 4200

Phone: (505) 272-4261
Fax: (505) 272-5892

Poison Prevention Month and National Poison Prevention Week 2017

Poison prevention saves lives! That is why the United States Congress mandated National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW) in 1961 (P.L. 87-319). National Poison Prevention Week takes place during the third week of March every year, and NPPW 2017 is scheduled for March 19th through the 25th. This week is a time specially set aside for increasing public awareness about the dangers of poisons and promoting poison prevention throughout the United States. For more information about NPPW please visit www.poisonprevention.org or www.aapcc.org. 

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Because poisonings are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in New Mexico, the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (NMPDIC) expands on National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW) to include statewide awareness and educational activities throughout the entire month of March. The NMPDIC's overarching theme for the month of March is our special celebration of 40 years with the UNM College of Pharmacy (COP), as our logo indicates. In coordination with the UNM College of Pharmacy students and the NMSU Pre - Pharmacy Program students, the NMPDIC will also host weekly activities statewide that involve the themes listed in the section below. In addition, the NMPDIC will also observe the daily themes of NPPW set forth by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).

Please help us educate our fellow New Mexicans as an individual, a professional or as a community! Use the themes listed above to Take a Pledge! below in the next section or, better yet, be creative and come up with your own activity. If you do decide to take part in Poison Prevention Month and / or NPPW, please take a moment to share your contribution with our health educator, Jacqueline Kakos, at jkakos@salud.unm.edu or 505-272-1364.

Please know that any kind of support can not be too big or too small. All contributions are greatly appreciated!


Themes and Events

  • March 5th - 11th:  Drug Abuse Among College Students
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  • March 12th - 18th:  Creating a Poison Safe Home
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  • March 19th - 25th, NPPW!:  Over - the - Counter (OTC) Medicine Safety
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    • Monday: Children Act Fast … So Do Poisons;

    • Tuesday:  Poison Centers:  Call the Experts!;

    • Wednesday: Poisonings Span a Lifetime;

    • Thursday:  Home, Safe Home; and

    • Friday: Medicine Safety.

  • March 26th - 31st:  Preventing Pet Poisonings

Take a Pledge!

Pledge to complete at least one of the activities below in support of Poison Prevention Month and receive a free Poison Prevention Packet! Simply fill out an order form and enter "Poison Prevention Packet" in the comment section of the form and submit.

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