National Poison Prevention Week

National Poison Prevention Week is observed in the United States the third week of March. The goal of the week is to raise awareness of the risk of being poisoned by household products, medicines, pesticides, plants, bites and stings, food poisoning, and fumes. Awareness being duly raised, it is hoped that this will prevent poisoning.

Poison Prevention Week
The National Poison Prevention Week logo.

Origin

Two JFKs
John F. Kennedy, who proclaimed National Poison Prevention Week in early 1962, together with his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. National Poison Prevention Week is particularly concerned with preventing the poisoning of children, who are the major victims of poisoning.

On September 26, 1961, the 87th United States Congress passed a joint resolution (Pub.L. 87–319) requesting that the President of the United States proclaim the third week of March National Poison Prevention Week.[1] On February 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy responded to this request and proclaimed the third week of March as National Poison Prevention Week.[1] The first National Poison Prevention Week was therefore observed in March 1962.

Poisoning: A National Scourge

More than two million potential poison exposures are reported every year to American poison control centers.[2] More than 90% of these poisoning occur in the home, and a majority of these occur with children 5 years of age and younger.[3]

Though calls regarding children still make up more than half of all calls to poison control centers, they only account for a small percent of the deaths due to poisoning. Poisoning of adults is on the rise in our nation and only stands behind motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths.[4]

Over 1000 Americans die from poisoning every year.[5]

Poisoning: Prevent It

The American Association of Poison Control Centers, representing the poison control center network of the United States, offers the following poison prevention tips:

  1. If you think someone has been poisoned, call 1-800-222-1222 right away. Serious poisonings don't always have early signs.
  2. Put the number for your poison control center (1-800-222-1222) in your cell phone and near home phones.
  3. Keep medicines and household products in their original containers in a different place than food.
  4. Always read product labels and follow any directions.
  5. Keep household products and medicines locked up. Put them where kids can't see them or reach them.
  6. Buy products with child-resistant packaging. But remember, nothing is child-proof.
  7. Never call medicine "candy." Poisons may look like food or drink. Teach children to ask an adult before tasting anything.
  8. Learn about products and drugs that young people use to get "high." Talk to your teen or pre-teen about these dangers.
  9. Have a working carbon monoxide alarm in your home.

Call 1-800-222-1222 to reach your local poison control center, anywhere in the United States. The call is free, private, 24/7/365, and expert help is available in more than 150 languages.

The National Poison Prevention Week Council

The National Poison Week Prevention Week Council was established in early 1962 to oversee the national observation of National Poison Prevention Week.

As of August 2011, the National Poison Prevention Week Council included representatives of the following organizations:[6]

Skull and Crossbones
The skull and crossbones, the international symbol of poison. National Poison Prevention Week seeks to prevent poisoning.

References

  1. ^ a b "John F. Kennedy: Proclamation 3449 - National Poison Prevention Week". Presidency.ucsb.edu. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  2. ^ American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) National Poison Data System (NPDS)
  3. ^ American Association of Poison Control Centers National Poison Data System (NPDS) Annual Report
  4. ^ American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) National Poison Data System (NPDS) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQUARS).
  5. ^ National Poison Prevention Week, 2009 . March 13, 2009 – via Wikisource.
  6. ^ "Poison Prevention.Org". Poison Prevention.Org. September 26, 1961. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2010.

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