Make sure that you, other family members, and the caregivers of your children have the poison center number (1-800-222-1222) handy in case of an emergency. Post the number near your home phones and program your cells. Order telephone stickers / refrigerator magnets.
Tell children what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them. Never call medicine “candy” to get them to take it.
Keep all medications, vitamins, household products, cosmetics and poisonous plants are kept out of sight and reach of children. Make sure other caregivers do the same. Visit our Keeping Children Poison - Free Web page to learn more.
Did you know that the services offered through the New Mexico Poison Center are free and confidential? You can call the New Mexico Poison Center for help with a poisoning or if you have questions about your medication. We also help doctors and other health care professionals with treatment advice.
During the last fiscal year, the folks who called the New Mexico Poison Center instead of going into the emergency room helped save New Mexicans $18.2 mil in avoided medical costs!
Call 1-800-222-1222 for fast, free, expert advice - not only can you save time and money, you could save a life. Learn more about how we can help you. Don't forget to spread the word about our services!
Poison prevention is for everyone, from babies to seniors and everyone in between.
Most calls to poison centers are about children, but most people who die from poisons are adults. Poisoning is a danger for all of us.
The New Mexico Poison Center wants to remind adults to take and give medicine safely: read the label every time and follow the directions. Download the American Association of Poison Control Center's medication tracker sheet.
Educate yourself about the poisonings most common among your age group and how you can prevent a poisoning by visiting our Poison Prevention Tips Web page.
Educate others about age - related poisonings by presenting to a group that you belong to or your child’s school, or host a brown-bag lunch at your workplace. View lesson plans.
Check to see if your workplace, church or other affiliations would be willing to display educational materials. Order materials.
Post by your home phones and program your cell phone with the poison emergency hotline: 1-800-222-1222. Encourage others to do the same.
Make note of the fact that you are celebrating NPPW in all your outgoing emails, on Facebook and other social media sites. Don't forget to include our web address: http://nmpoisoncenter.unm.edu.
More than 90 percent of poisonings happen in people’s homes, mainly in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.
Poison-proof your home by making sure that all household products, medications (including vitamins), cosmetics and poisonous plants are out of sight and reach of children. Encourage others to do the same, especially those that care for your children. Download our Poison Prevention Home Checklist.
Store poisons away from food and drink. Poisons often look and smell like food and drinks.
Don't mix cleaning products together as doing so can produce toxic gases.
Make sure that you have a carbon monoxide detector installed on each floor of your home, preferably outside of sleeping areas. Visit our Carbon Monoxide Web page for more poison prevention tips.
Start an annual “Home Safety Day” in your community. Go through each room of the home and make sure there are no poisoning dangers.
Prescription drug misuse and abuse has become a growing epidemic in the United States. Prescription painkillers are of particular concern. Prescription painkiller abuse does not draw boundaries; it hits the young and old, men and women, and all income levels.
Be aware of the dangers these drugs can pose. Using these drugs without a doctor’s prescription can be deadly, even the first time using them. If you have been prescribed painkillers, never change your dose without talking to your doctor first.
In New Mexico, poisonings are the leading cause of unintentional injury death and this is largely due to drug misuse and abuse. Visit our Medication Safety Web page to educate yourself about how to use your medicines safely, thereby reducing medicine - related abuse.
You can also help by presenting a medication safety program to your community. Visit our Lesson Plans Web page to view available materials regarding medication safety.
Saturday—You Can Make a Difference by Sharing Your Story
Share Your Story with us! Sharing our poison experiences helps other caregivers and parents avoid dangerous situations, and may also inspire others to do the same.
In fact, I will share my story with you. One day I was washing the outside windows of our home while my toddler was swinging. While I was up on the ladder, I turned to check on my daughter but she wasn't swinging anymore; she was at the base of the ladder with the nozzle of the bottle of window cleaner--industrial strength--pointed toward her mouth!
I panicked of course not knowing if she had actually squirted some in her mouth or attempted to. I called the Poison Center right away for treatment advice. Thankfully, the situation was manageable at home, and she was going to be just fine. I was very grateful for the fast, free advice that the Poison Center was able to provide me.