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Experiencing a poisoning? Call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222

Not in a rush? Visit PoisonHelp.org, our interactive online tool.

Alerts and latests hazards

Skin cream from Mexico tained with methylmercury

A recent case of methylmercury poisoning due to tainted skin cream from Mexico has health officials reminding the public about safe purchasing practices. Learn how to Choose a Safer Skin Cream  by opening or downloading this resource from California Department of Public Health.

Safety Tips:

  • Do not buy unlabeled products or those with hand-made labels.
  • Purchase products from well-known stores, do not buy products from informal sources (individuals, social media sites, etc.).
  • Make sure products have an intact protective seal or foil under the lid.

Elevated lead in traditional cosmetics, imported turmeric

Surma can poison children
Health officials have discovered high levels of lead in traditional cosmetics and imported turmeric. Learn about the risks and discuss lead testing with your doctor. Consider safer alternatives made in the US and Europe.

E-cigarettes and Vaping

Tobacco Use by Youth is Rising, a video by CDC Vital Signs

Vaping illness investigation (EVALI)

OHA Graphic, symptoms of e-cigarette and vaping associated lung injury
Seek immediate medical attention if you feel sick after vaping. Call the poison center if you have questions about how vaping affects your health.

When to call us

Easy. Call us when a poisoning happens. Whether it's a poisonous bite or an overdose on your medication, we answer the call. 

Poison Control podcast by Radiolab

Listen to a first-hand account of a mom's experience with her local poison center and learn more about what poison centers do to support callers during a poison emergency.

Poison help is a phone call away

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Help support the work we do to prevent and treat toxic exposures. If you've ever used the services of the Oregon Poison Center, consider a gift to our foundation and pay it forward. Your tax-deductible donation can help others in need. Thank you for your support!

Oregon Poison Center treats poison emergencies in the whole family.
Your gift to the poison center supports our work to treat and prevent poison emergencies in the community.

Volunteer Opportunity

Community Health Education

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity or know someone who is? Oregon Poison Center is looking for a community health education volunteer to support our Public Education Department! The Community Health Education Volunteer will participate in community events, communicate poison safety messages and engage with the community. This is a great opportunity for a public health, health sciences or communications student looking to gain skills and experience. The position is based in Portland (Marquam Hill), with local travel to nearby community events. Time commitment is 4-6 hours per week, schedule is flexible. View opportunity.