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Online tool puts poison control information at users’ fingertips

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Alexandria, VA – A new, free online tool from the American Association of Poison Control Centers aims to provide users with swift, expert responses to questions related to poisonings.

Users can access guidance and information by logging on to www.poisonhelp.org, entering their concern and answering a series of related questions. In addition, texting “poison” to “797979” will allow a user to add contact information for the online tool and the National Poison Help Hotline – (800) 222-1222 – to his or her smartphone.

“An alarming trend of poison-related deaths and injuries,” notably in children, have stemmed from various poisoning hazards, including opioids, marijuana and laundry-detergent packets, according to a March 20 press release from AAPCC.

“With our new online tool, trusted national Poison Help hotline, and an easy way to get both saved in their smartphones, consumers have more resources than ever before to quickly and accurately respond to a poisoning,” AAPCC CEO and Executive Director Stephen Kaminski said in the release.

Along with the online tool, AAPCC released an infographic on poisonings.

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