National Poison Hotline Number - Brief Article

Author: Elaine Kierl Gangel
Date: March 15, 2002

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) has announced the creation of a national hotline number--800-222-1222--that connects Americans to the nearest poison control center. Calls can be made to the toll-free number 24 hours a day, seven days a week from anywhere in the United States, and callers will be connected to specially trained physicians, pharmacists, and nurses.

Before the creation of this national number, local poison control centers were only accessible through local or statewide numbers. These numbers will continue to operate, but Americans are being encouraged to remember the new national hotline number so that they can access it at any time from any place in the United States.

The AAPCC has launched a public awareness campaign to promote the hotline number. Stickers, magnets, brochures, and posters with the new hotline number are available. The Web site is www.1-800-222-1222. info.

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