National Poison Prevention Week
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Whether it’s a question or an emergency, Poison Help can provide life-saving information when people need it most, and calling a poison center is faster and more accurate than an internet search.
On average, 90% of poisonings happen in American homes each year, and more than 70% of people who call Poison Help get the help they need right where they are—saving the cost of a trip to a doctor or hospital.
National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW) is soon upon us! What is NPPW?
• In 1961, Congress established NPPW to occur the 3rd full week every March to raise awareness, reduce unintentional poisonings, and promote poison prevention.
• The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention.
How frequent do poisonings happen?
• More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the Nation’s poison control centers.
• Over 90% of poisonings happen at home.
• Around 50% of poisonings involve children under the age of 6!
• The majority of fatal poisonings occur among adults, especially older adults.
What happens at Rocky Mountain Poison Center during NPPW?
• School presentations by nurses, doctors, and pharmacists on poison prevention.
• Educational outreach to raise awareness about poisons.
• Poison centers all across the country conduct activities at a local level to raise awareness of the dangers of poisoning in their regions.
• The National Poison Prevention Week Council holds a children's artwork contest to raise awareness about poisons for K-4th graders, and a video contest with a $1000 prize, for kids 5th-12th grade! This year's grand prize video winner was Collin Fowler at Indian Trail School. Click here to the winning video and all of the videos submitted.
The Rocky Mountain Poison Center hopes that by recognizing this event, it will bring people together in commemoration of #NPPW22, to ultimately lower the number of poisonings each year, especially poisonings in the home.
To learn more about ways to keep people of all ages safe and help prevent poisonings, visit the RMPDS website at www.rmpds.org
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Contact RMPDS at: 303-389-1100 or click here: https://www.rmpds.org/contact-us.html