Each year, more than 2 million poisonings are reported to the nation’s poison centers, which can be reached through the toll-free Poison Help line, 1-800-222-1222. As part of National Poison Prevention Week, a national event designated by Congress, Ewing Township Council passed Resolution #17R-59 to remind the people of Ewing of the dangers of poisons and how to prevent unintentional poisonings among people of all ages.
Poisonings are preventable and treatable, and there’s a resource to help, the Poison Help line, 1-800-222-1222 which connects you to your poison center. The nurses, doctors, pharmacists, and poison experts staff this line 24 – 7, 365 days a year and can give you free expert advice from how to handle an emergency to how to protect your family from poison dangers.
Who is at Risk?
Young people are the most likely to be poisoned, with children under six accounting for HALF of all poison exposures. 9 out of 10 deaths occur among people over the age of 20.1
Top Five Causes of Poisoning
- Cosmetics or personal products
- Foreign bodies, toys or other objects
- Sedatives, hypnotics, and antipsychotics medicines
- Household cleaning products
What to do in an Emergency
- If you think that you or someone you know may have been poisoned, call the Poison Help line immediately at 1-800-222-1222. This connects you to your local poison center.
- If the person is not breathing, call 911. Do not wait for signs of a poisoning before calling the Poison Help line. The poison expert will guide you and
- Use their emergency checklist as a guide about what information to tell the poison expert.
Additional Important Steps:
- If the person inhaled poison, get to fresh air right away.
- If the person has poison on the skin, take off any clothing the poison touched. Rinse skin with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
- If the person has poison in the eyes, rinse eyes with running water for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Your poison center can give you other first-aid advice and may save you from a visit to the emergency room.
- Program the toll-free Poison Help line, 1-800-222-1222, which connects you to your local poison center, into all your phones.
- Learn how to poison proof your home and reduce the risk of poisonings.
- Talk about poisons so others know what to do, too.
- Follow these simple tips on how to prevent poisonings throughout the year and throughout a lifetime.
- Prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Upcoming Events/Tools to Help You Poison Proof Your Home
Ewing has a Project Medicine Drop Box at Police Headquarters available 24-7 for you to dispose of your unused and unwanted medications safely and responsibly. The Ewing Township Police will also participate in the DEA’s National Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29th at the Pennington Road Fire Company, 1660 Pennington Road. Time is TBA. Call the Ewing Police for additional information at 609-882-1313.
The MCIA will hold its annual Hazardous Waste Disposal and Electronics Recycling Day on Saturday, April 8th at the Dempster Fire School, 350 Lawrence Station Road, Lawrence from 8 am – 2 pm. Hazardous household waste materials accepted include pesticides & herbicides, paint thinner, oil based paints, stains & varnishes, gasoline, anti-freeze, insect repellents and more. For more information about acceptable materials call the MCIA at 609-278-8086.
Ewing Township Resolution #17R-59
1. https://aapcc.s3.amazonaws.com/pdfs/annual_reports/2015_AAPCC_NPDS_Annual_Report_33rd_PDF.pdf. James B Mowry, Daniel A. Spyker, Daniel E. Brooks, Ashlea Zimmerman and Jay L. Schauben (2016) The 2015 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 33rd Annual Report, Clinical Toxicology, 54:10, 924-1109, DOI: 10. 1080/15563650.2016.1245421.