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Poisons in the home

The Blue Ridge Poison Center

Our confidential, 24/7 toll-free hotline offers free treatment advice about possible poisoning.

Possible poison? Call 1.800.222.1222  

 

If someone has stopped breathing, won't wake up or is having seizures, call 911.

 

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Blue Ridge Poison Center

Poison prevention and treatment advice via our free, 24/7 hotline. Educational programs and free prevention materials, too.
Poisons in the home

The Blue Ridge Poison Center

Our confidential, 24/7 toll-free hotline offers free treatment advice about possible poisoning.

Possible poison? Call 1.800.222.1222  

 

If someone has stopped breathing, won't wake up or is having seizures, call 911.

 

Why People Call

  • Our experts help people who have:

    • Made a mistake with a medication
    • Swallowed a questionable substance
    • Spilled or splashed something harmful in their eyes or on their skin
    • Breathed a harmful gas or fume
    • Encountered a poisonous snake or spider

    What is a Poison?

    Any substance or product that can cause harm if it gets inside the body the wrong way or in the wrong amount.

    The number one source of poisoning for all ages: Medicine.

    Common poisons: Cleaning products, pesticides, car products, workplace chemicals, plants, alcohol, personal care products, snakes or spiders that can poison through a bite or a sting and gasses in the air, like carbon monoxide.

About the Poison Center

Who We Are

Our team includes:

  • Nurses and doctors with specialized training in managing poisoning
  • Public health educators who teach poison prevention
  • Medical toxicologists who teach and perform research 

Educating the Community

Along with the call center, we:

  • Give talks
  • Offer Train the Trainer workshops
  • Attend health fairs
  • Speak at conferences
  • Provide online webinars

Healthcare providers, educators and organizers: We invite you to distribute our free fact sheets and other educational materials.

Certification

The American Association of Poison Control Centers recertified us as a Regional Poison Center in 2015. This certification lasts for 7 years.

Benefits of the Poison Center

We estimate this service saves Virginians millions of dollars in unnecessary medical bills and emergency room visits each year. 

Prevent Poisoning

Tips, fact sheets, videos: Learn more about poison and injury prevention.