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The AAPCC works with America's 55 poison centers to track poisonings and their sources, including household products, food and beverages, chemicals in the workplace and home, environmental toxins, drugs and medicine, and animal and insect bites and stings.

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In 2015, America’s 55 poison centers received over 2.8 million calls. Of those, about 2.2 million of which were about people coming into contact with dangerous or potentially dangerous substances. The rest were calls for information.

These prevention tips can help you or your loved ones avoid poisonings. For more tips and information, call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222.

  • Daycare & School Poison Safety

    While cleaning products play an important role in protecting public health, they also contain chemicals that may cause serious health problems if used in the wrong way or in the wrong amounts.

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  • Food & Mushroom Poisoning

    The CDC estimates that food poisoning affects 1 in 6 Americans every year. Read on for information about how to protect against food-borne illness.

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  • In the Home

    Follow these steps to make sure your home is poison-proof.

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  • National Poison Prevention Week

    Congress established National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW) on Sept. 16, 1961 (P.L. 87-319) to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. Sponsored by the National Poisoning Prevention Council, NPPW is the third week in March each year.

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  • Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety

    Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety is a 100% free, evidence-based set of resources designed to empower adults to facilitate critical medicine safety discussions with pre-adolescents and adolescents.

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National Poison Data System

AAPCC owns and manages the National Poison Data System (NPDS), a database collating years of information and poisoning exposure calls placed to AAPCC member poison centers across the country. The categorization of these calls into: human or animal poison exposure calls (an actual or suspected exposure occurred where the caller seeks information regarding triage and treatment) and information calls (no exposure occurred; the caller just seeks information regarding a specific substance) allows for the granularity necessary to evaluate and analyze toxic exposure patterns. NPDS is the only near real-time comprehensive poisoning surveillance database in the United States.

AAPCC publishes a comprehensive report of NPDS call data annually, approximately one year after the close of the data year in the journal Clinical Toxicology and is available for download free-of-charge by clicking “Current Annual Report” below. 

To learn more about NPDS click the “Request Data” link below.

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Our Work

The AAPCC's mission is to actively advance the health care role and public health mission of our members through information, advocacy, education and research. 

The AAPCC is located at 515 King St., Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314. 

Phone: 703-894-1858


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Poison centers offer free, private, confidential medical advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can reach your local poison center by calling 1-800-222-1222.

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