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National Poison Prevention Week

Plan now to be part of this important event

In 1962, West Side Story won the Oscar® for Best Picture, John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth, the Rolling Stones made their singing debut in London, Johnny Carson took over as permanent host of The Tonight Show and the Beatles released "Love Me Do," their first single for EMI. It was also the year that Congress passed a law to authorize the President to designate annually the third week in March as National Poison Prevention Week. President John F. Kennedy signed this act into law, after which the Poison Prevention Week Council, whose membership includes the American Cleaning Institute®, was formed to coordinate this annual event. So, this year marks the 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week.

To engage the community in helping to ensure the safety of children and adults, the Poison Prevention Week Council conducts an annual nationwide poster contest. The winning posters, created by children in grades K-8, are made available free of charge, for up to 25 copies of each poster. The posters are an eye-catching and charming way to convey a very serious message about the dangers of unintentional poisoning. They're great for schools, offices, hospitals, nursing homes, healthcare institutions and more. Orders are filled on a first come/first served basis. Visit www.poisonprevention.org now so you'll have posters in plenty of time to help promote this important endeavor.

You can share your plans for promoting Poison Prevention Week in your school or community on the Poison Prevention Week Facebook page.

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Click the images to view and print the posters or click here to order your copies of these or other poison prevention materials. 

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