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“The best way to prevent poisoning is to identify household products that could harm a small child or pet, and make certain these products are kept locked up and out of reach,’’ said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.
To raise awareness of how fast a child can be poisoned, the theme of this year’s National Poison Prevention Week (March 21-27) is “Children Act Fast … So Do Poisons.”
Most preventable poisonings occur at home and young children are the most frequent victims. Nationally, more than two million poisonings occur each year, resulting in nearly 500,000 visits to health care professionals, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 30 youngsters under five years of age die of poisoning each year.
New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES), also known as the
“Keep the telephone number of the poison control center on or near each telephone in the house,” Dr. Lacy said. “If a toxic exposure occurs, call the poison control center first. Do not give anything by mouth until advised by the poison control center.’’
NJPIES responded to more than 90,000 calls from citizens last year and half of those calls involved children under the age of six. The
Trained medical specialists guide callers through appropriate actions in the event of a poisoning or potentially toxic exposure. NJPIES will call an ambulance if necessary, give treatment advice to an ambulance crew, and call a hospital emergency department so preparations can be made for an incoming poisoning case.
Commissioner Lacy encourages parents to survey their homes for poisoning hazards. “The most common sources of toxic exposures for children are cosmetics and personal care products, cleaning substances, pain relievers, and plants.” Lacy said.
The Department of Health and Senior Services offers the following tips to help keep
For health information, please visit the DHSS website at www.state.nj.us/heath. For further information about poisoning, contact NJPIES at 1-800-222-1222 or visit the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) web site at www.njpies.org. Information is also available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/poisoning.htm.
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