What We Do

Always here, always free of charge!

The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of poisoning in New Mexico. The Center is available to the public and health care professionals 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
Expert staff assess and makes treatment recommendations during possible poisonings, and assist emergency personnel during hazardous material incidents.

Did you know that...?

  • The New Mexico Poison Center helps people of all ages in all types of poisoning situations? 
  • In many cases, the Center helps prevent costly trips to the emergency department by providing life-saving treatment information over the phone.
  • Forty-two percent of the calls to the Center involved children under age 6.
   

Common calls to the Center involve questions about or exposures to:

  • Medications (Prescription, over-the-counter, herbal, illegal, or animal medicines)
  • Household products
  • Personal care products
  • Plants & mushrooms
  • Bites and stings
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Pet poisonings
  • Food poisoning
  • Drug and substance abuse
  • Hazardous material incidents
  • Environmental chemicals
  • Work chemicals
  • Weapons of mass destruction

Cost Savings

During FY 15, the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center received a total of 26,794 calls. There were 21,556 human exposure calls, of which 12,927 were safely managed at home.

The average cost for an emergency department to evaluate a poison exposure is approximately $1,265. By managing 12,927 cases at home, the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center saved the state of New Mexico approximately $13.5 million.

By decreasing the length of stay of patients in the hospital, our medical toxicologists saved an additional $36.0 million, which results in a total of $49.5 million in cost savings to the health care system (based on the assumption that each consult saves $1910/day x 3.2 days). 

Education

The Center also serves as a major teaching site for the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy and the University of New Mexico Department of Emergency Medicine. The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center operates New Mexico's only computerized toxicosurveillance system.

The New Mexico Poison & Drug Information Center coordinates statewide public and professional education in order to reduce the incidence of unintentional poisonings and to increase awareness of the poison center services. The Center’s goals are to eliminate unintentional poisonings, minimize inappropriate home therapy and reduce the incidence of unnecessary health care system utilization and expenditures.

The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center is a public service program of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and is affiliated with the College of Pharmacy. The Center is certified as a Regional Poison Center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers signifying national recognition of its status as an outstanding poison center. The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center is funded as a Special Project through the New Mexico Legislature.

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