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You and Your Family

You and Your Family

What is a POISON?

A poison is something that can be harmful if swallowed, spilled on the skin, splashed in the eyes, or inhaled. Every day we use medications, chemicals and "natural" products in and around our homes. Often these products can cause unexpected poison events.

Did You Know?

  • Last year the Oregon Poison Center received over 60,000 calls about poisons.
  • 73 percent of these calls were about unintentional poisonings at home.
  • Over 44 percent of all poisonings happen to children under the age of 5 years.
  • Older adults are more likely than others to die from poisonings.
  • Our goal is to provide poison prevention information that you can use to help you and your family stay poison safe.

Poison Prevention Tips

Basic poison information

My Safe Home Tour

Today Show Poison Prevention Presentation:

 "Keeping Kids Safe From Poisons"

What to do when there is a poison emergency

Tips about First Aid for poisons

Seasonal Hazards

Each season brings certain poisons that can cause us to be less safe. Here are a few helpful hints to keep your family and friends healthy and safe.

Information about Seasonal Hazards

Plant Safety Tips

Plants beautify our homes. They add color and accent to our lawns and gardens. They feed us. Yet, if not handled properly, they can become deadly poisons.

Information about Plant Safety

Animal Poison Safety

Our pets are quick and curious. They can quickly gain access to unsuspecting poisons that we use around the house everyday. Here a few clues concerning some poisons that could hurt your family pet.

Information about Animal Poison Safety 

National Poison Prevention Week

National Poison Prevention Week, the third week in March each year, is a week nationally designated to highlight the dangers of poisoning. However, every day people can and do prevent poisonings. We invite you to become actively involved in helping to ensure the safety of children and adults in your home and communities.

 

Oregon Poison Center Exposure Statistics

Top three poisonings in 2010

Children
  • Cosmetics/personal care products
  • Pain relievers
  • Household cleaners
Teens
  • Pain relievers
  • Cold & Cough medications
  • Sedatives or Stimulants
Adults
  • Pain relievers
  • Sedatives/hypnotics/antipsychotic drugs
  • Antidepressants

Medications Leading Cause of Poisoning Deaths 

 

National Poison Prevention Information

U.S. Environmental Protection Association (EPA)

Additional Resources