WERU Community Radio


March 21: Poison!

We're celebrating National Poison Awareness Week with a dive into the many ways we get into trouble with toxic chemicals, pharmacueticals, lawn products, you name it. Our homes are veritable warehouses of hazardous materials. We'll hear about some common poison hotline calls and how to deal with a crisis. We'll assess what we have in our homes, what we should unload and how. We'll also look at green alternatives.

This program will be pre-recorded. Please email questions in advance to jfisher@hcpcme.org.

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Rebecca L. Miller, MPH, BSN, CSPI, CHES
Community Education Specialist - Maine
Northern New England Poison Center
22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME  04102

 Poison Hotline

Poison Center Homepage


First Aid for Poisonings

Person collapsed or stopped breathing?

  • Call 911 or your local emergency number right away.

Poison in the eyes?

  • Pour room-temperature water over the bridge of the nose, so that it flows across the open eyes for 15-20 minutes.
  • Call 1-800-222-1222.

Poison on the skin?

  • Remove clothing that the poison touched.
  • Rinse the skin with running water for 15-20 minutes.
  • Call 1-800-222-1222.

Poison breathed in?

  • Get fresh air. Call 1-800-222-1222.
  • If the person has collapsed, help them get to fresh air. Call 911.

Swallowed the wrong medicine or too much?

  • Call 1-800-222-1222.

Swallowed something that is not food or medicine?

  • Very carefully remove any pieces still in the mouth.
  • If the person is awake, give a small amount of water.
  • Call 1-800-222-1222.

What happens when you call the Poison Center?

Syrup of Ipecac is no longer recommended for home use.


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