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Support Poison Prevention Week

Plan Now to Be on Board in March

March 20-26, 2011 is National Poison Prevention Week. The goal is to build public awareness of the dangers posed by common toxins. In 2007, 2.5 million people were exposed to poisons and almost 1.3 million of those exposures occurred in children five years or younger. In the same year, almost 860,000 adults (20 years and older) called Poison Centers.

This observance is sponsored by the Poison Prevention Week Council, which is comprised of more than 20 national organizations, including the American Cleaning Institute, with an interest in and commitment to programs aimed at preventing unintentional poisonings. The Council's website ( has downloadable materials, including posters, and links to materials from various Council members.

The Council is also sponsoring a contest for its 2012 poster. This contest has three divisions: kindergarten through 2nd grade; 3rd through 5th grade; and 6th through 8th grade. The themes of the poster contest are Children Act Fast, So Do Poisons and Poisonings Span a Lifetime. Although the submission deadline is June 1, 2011, creating posters during Poison Prevention Week is the perfect way to get kids involved.

If you are interested in participating in a poison prevention event, contact your local poison control center by calling the nationwide toll-free number, 800-222-1222, and asking to speak with a poison prevention educator.

If you are interested in hosting a poison prevention event, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has a National Poison Prevention Week Event Planner available at

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