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Poison Prevention Week
Poison Prevention Week is March 21st - 27th

by Christopher W. Crank, PharmD, MS, BCPS; ICHP Executive Vice President

Poison Prevention Week was established by Congress in 1961. The first Poison Prevention week was celebrated the next year in 1962. Despite the long history of Poison Prevention Week, there are still 2,000,000 potential poisonings each year in the US according to The American Association of Poison Control Centers. The Illinois Poison Center reports that they receive 80,000 calls per year for potential poisonings. Forty-one percent of those calls are for children less than 5 years old. Fortunately, 90% of the potential poisonings can be managed over the phone by the Illinois Poison Center.

Poison Prevention is just one of the many roles pharmacists can play and your active involvement in that role can and should be highlighted.  If you need ideas for activities to highlight Poison Prevention Week or Month, go to the Illinois Poison Center’s website at or the American Association of Poison Control Centers website at where you will find a variety of activities and products. You can make a difference for your community and play a big role in preventing harm! Let ICHP know how you participate in Poison Prevention Week.



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