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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 03/19/99
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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National Poison Prevention Week is March 21-27

Cincinnati—Poisoning accidents can occur in the home, the workplace, outdoors,and any location where potentially toxic substances are used. The Drug and Poison Center (DPIC) of Greater Cincinnati reminds us of the following tips to prevent poisonings:

  • Keep all medications out of reach of children and pets.
  • Hair grooming and skin products, glue, correction fluid, rubber cement, and cleaning supplies can be dangerous if swallowed or inhaled.
  • Some house plants are poisonous, so be sure to keep them out of reach of small children and pets.
  • Car care products, paints, solvents, and pesticides stored in a basement or garage are often poisonous.

DPIC is the regional poison control center for southwest Ohio and the drug abuse crisis intervention and prevention agency for Greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky residents. DPIC is affiliated with Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The center is staffed with specially trained, nationally certified poison information specialists with various health care backgrounds including nursing and pharmacy.

The DPIC hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. DPIC experts say, "Make every week poison prevention week. Be prepared. Poison proof your home and attach the Poison Control Center's number on your telephone in case of an emergency." DPIC information is also available on the internet under UC Medical Center's consumer information site at www.NetWellness.org. The DPIC hotline number is (513) 558-5111.



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