Poison Prevention Education

Oregon Poison Center Education Department

Public education and outreach

Public education is a significant component of a regional poison center. Our goal is to decrease the incidence and severity of poisonings through poison prevention education and outreach.

Our public education program is implemented and maintained by a full time educator. Our educator works with community partners to provide free online poison prevention training, participate in community events such as safety and health fairs, as well as school events. Another component of the education program is social media outreach. The Oregon Poison Center strives to reach a wide variety of audiences through the use of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Stay up-to-date on trending topics and newsworthy events by following us @ORPoisonCenter.

The education program uses materials such as Mr. YukTM stickers and Poison Help® magnets, brochures, videos, and posters to support poison prevention messages throughout the community. Our handouts, puzzles, and game sheets are downloadable from our website. To cover the cost of purchased materials generated by this educational program, the Oregon Poison Center is dependent upon public donations.

Featured campaign

A hand reaches for unmarked pills demonstrating the danger of taking medicine purchased on social media

Deaths from fentanyl-laced, illicitly-manufactured pills are surging across the country and right here in the Portland-Metro area. In the past 18 months, we've lost several young people to fentanyl-related poisonings. Teens are purchasing what they think are OxyContin, Percoset or Xanax pills via social media, but are getting fake pills with the cheaper, stronger and more deadly synthetic drug called fentanyl. Fentanyl is up to 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Fentanyl is odorless, tasteless and colorless. Teens never know what they’re getting. 

Beaverton School District, Beaverton Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Washington County Public Health Department are partnering to raise awareness about the dangers of buying pills on social media. Check out the Fake & Fatal campaign website to learn more about what's happening and how to help the teens in your life.

Education Department contact information

To order materials call 503-494-7799 or visit our webpage for online ordering. 

To speak with our educator about our educational programs call 503-494-2196.

To speak with our administrator about general questions call 503-494-8600.

Do you want us to attend your health fair or event? Call 503-494-2196 or e-mail your event's information to eskridge@ohsu.edu