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Poison control centers: Most poisoning deaths occur among adults

March 21, 2012

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Alexandria, VA – Although many calls to poison control centers concern children, most poison-related fatalities occur among adults, according to a statement released March 18 by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

The association states that 3.9 million calls were made to poison control centers in 2010 – 2.4 million of which involved “human exposures to poisons.” AAPCC offers the following tips to avoid poisoning:

  • Keep medicines and cleaning chemicals in secure locations.
  • Read prescription bottles before taking medicine to ensure you are ingesting the correct dosage.
  • Check carbon monoxide detectors and their batteries twice yearly.

National Poison Prevention Week is March 18-24.

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