Current Suspected Overdose Deaths in Delaware for 2017: 227

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PREVENTION TEAMS:

- Dog Bites - Drowning/Submersion Injuries - Falls
- Fires/Burns - Motor Vehicle Crashes - Poisoning
- Traumatic Brain/Spinal Cord Injury - Violent Injury

 

Prevention of Poisoning Injuries Team

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Fast Facts

  • More than 2,500,000 telephone calls are received by Poison Control Centers each year.
  • More than half the calls involve children under the age of 6.
  • Every 8 minutes a child is presented to an Emergency Department due to a poisoning.
  • In more than 80% of cases, the Poison Control Center can reassure families and avoid a trip to the hospital.
  • In case of emergency, be sure to Save the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222 number in your phone.
  • Poisonings can be prevented.

What if a poisoning occurs?

  • First: Stay Calm
  • Does the person have trouble breathing, or trouble staying awake?
    • YES: Call 911
    • NO: Call the Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222 or 911.

Poison Swallowed

  • Gently wipe out mouth and rinse with water
  • DO NOT induce vomiting
  • If the person is already vomiting, keep them upright to prevent choking
  • Call the Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222 or 911.

Poison on Skin

  • Take off clothes that the poison touched.
  • Wash the skin with running water.
  • Call the Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222 or 911.

Poison in Eyes

  • Rinse eyes with running water for 15 minutes.
  • Call the Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222 or 911.

Poison Inhaled

  • Remove person to fresh air IF you can do this without risk to yourself.
  • If there is a risk to you, then call 911 for assistance.
  • Call the Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222 or 911.

Common Poisons in the Home

Follow this link for more information on poisons

Natural Poisons

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Medication Safety

Medication safety is an important preventive measure for unintentional poisonings, especially in children.

  • Keep medications up and out of sight
  • Avoid taking your medications in front of young children
  • Never refer to a medication as candy
  • Read labels carefully
  • Use measuring devices that come with the medications (not kitchen spoons)
  • Provide detailed instructions for others who may need to give medicine to your child
  • Clean out your medicine cabinet periodically and discard old medicines


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