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

Graphic of child standing on stool reaching for medicine bottle shows medicine should be out of children's reach and sight.

Medicine Safety - Safe Kids Worldwide and Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

More than 47,000 children under age 6 are seen in emergency rooms across the U.S. every year for medicine-related poisoning. That is the equivalent of five children every hour. Unsafe storage practices, dosing errors, underestimating a child's motor skill development (e.g. ability to reach or climb), and overestimating a child's ability to make safe choices (e.g. differentiate between candy and medicine) are contributing factors among others. Together with Safe Kids Worldwide we're committed to helping our communities keep kids safe from medicine-related poisonings.

What you can do - 5 Medicine Safety Tips to Remember

  1. Keep all medicine out of children's reach and sight, even medicine you take every day.
  2. Remember child-resistant packaging is not child-proof.
  3. Keep medicine safety on your child-proofing checklist.
  4. Save the Poison Help number in your phone: 1-800-222-1222
  5. Share medicine safety information with family and friends. 


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