In 2016, more than 63,000 potential poisoning cases were reported to the Poison Control Center
Call rates to the Poison Control Center were lower from poor neighborhoods compared to wealthy neighborhoods
The PCC is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 212-POISONS for treatment advice about exposures to poisons or questions about medicine safety
November 5, 2018 – The Health Department today released a Vital Signs report highlighting data from its Poison Control Center (PCC). The report provides data on unintentional and intentional poisoning exposures. More than 63,000 potential poisoning cases were reported to the PCC in 2016, nearly 80 percent of which were unintentional poisonings. Among all unintentional cases, 41 percent involved children under the age of 6 in which personal care products and household cleaners were the most common poisoning substances. More than 6,000 potential poisoning cases involved intentional suicide attempts. The data also revealed disparities in PCC calling rates and case disposition. Call rates to the PCC were lower from very high-poverty neighborhoods (150 calls per 100,000 people) compared to wealthy neighborhoods (316 calls per 100,000 people), and very high-poverty neighborhoods had higher rates of poisoning calls resulting in hospital admission. Read the full report (PDF). New Yorkers can always reach the Poison Control Center 24/7 at 212-POISONS.
“Thousands of city residents are poisoned in the city every year. These poisonings can be prevented. Storing household products and medications where children can’t get to them can protect young children from serious harm,” said Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. “In addition, posting a medication log in the home can help prevent medication errors, another common reason poisonings occur. Our Poison Control Center is an important resource for all New Yorkers, providing treatment advice if a suspected poisoning occurs and offering tips on medicine safety. Keep their number — 212-POISONS — handy at all times.”
The PCC is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for treatment advice about exposures to poisons or questions about medicine safety. Calls are answered by registered pharmacists and nurses certified in poison information. All calls are free and confidential. Translation services are available in over 150 languages. The Health Department also conducts poison prevention and medicine safety workshops for health care and other community providers, older adults, parents/caregivers and community groups. There are other resources available online – a training on preventing poisonings in the home and educational materials in multiple languages. To learn more, visit the Poison Control page.
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