Preparing for poison emergencies

CHARLESTON — Poison emergencies do not just happen at home. A poisoning can happen anywhere-grocery stores, hikes, while having a picnic. If you have a poison question or emergency, would you have the number to call readily available?

Don’t have good Internet access where you are? Concerned you may have found the wrong number? Save time searching. The West Virginia Poison Center recommends saving their number in your cell phone to have the correct number wherever a poisoning may occur.

The West Virginia Poison Center answers questions about the following: accidental poisonings of children and adults, drug overdoses, bites and stings, drug interactions, plant or mushroom ingestion, and exposure to chemicals (home or industrial).

Remember, help is only a phone call away. 1-800-222-1222 quickly connects you to the West Virginia Poison Center and their medical experts (doctors, pharmacists, and nurses) who will be able to answer poison questions and emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Take a moment and save the number now.

The West Virginia Poison Center provides comprehensive emergency poison information, prevention and educational resources to West Virginians 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The WVPC is staffed by nurses, pharmacists and physicians with special training in treatment of poisonings. Located in Charleston, WV, the WVPC is a part of the West Virginia University-Charleston Division and located next to CAMC Memorial Hospital. Toll-free:1-800-222-1222.

Submitted by the West Virginia Poison Center.