Poison Patrol Program Materials

This program targets elementary-aged children.  The program curricula come fully equipped with activities that employ a number of different learning styles including the PowerPoints below.

The program curricula is available in abbreviated and extended versions to accommodate school - based settings and otherwise.  It is recommended that the appropriate curriculum below is thoroughly reviewed before presenting the material. 

Program materials were borrowed from the following Poison Centers: Utah Poison Control Center; California Poison Control Systems; NY City Poison Control Center; South Texas Poison Control Center and the Carolina's Poison Control Center.

Abbreviated Curriculum for Community Educators

The abbreviated version should take approximately one hour to present.

Extended Curriculum for Elementary Educators

The extended version is designed to be a component of classroom curricula and, therefore, may be spread out over the course of several days.

Poison Patrol Video

This highly entertaining and educational video was produced by the South Texas Poison Center.  Gerty, a homeowner naive to the dangers of poisons, is helped by Dr. Wisetrousers and the children that are featured in this video.  The video is a component of the Poison Patrol curricula.  Please note that the video is an online version and, therefore, Internet access must be available.  The video is hosted on the Illinois Poison Center Web site.

  • Poison Patrol Video English

Look-a-Like Slide Show

This PowerPoint clearly depicts the similarities between food / drink and poisonous products.   This PowerPoint is a component of the curricula.

  • Detergent packs vs candy

Pills vs. Candy Slide Show

This PowerPoint, developed by the California Poison Control System, is a fun and educational game that tests the audiences' ability to distinguish between pills and candy.  The point of the activity is to highlight the similarities between candy and medicine.  The objective of the activity is to teach children that medicine can be harmful if taken by the wrong person or in the wrong amount and, therefore, nothing should be eaten unless they know for certain that it is safe.  Can you tell which picture below is candy?


  • Pills vs Candy1      Pills vs Candy2
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