Poison Prevention

Poison Prevention

Poison Prevention

Definition: The CDC defines poison as any substance that is harmful to your body when ingested, inhaled, injected, or absorbed through the skin.

Magnitude of the Problem:

  • According to the CDC,
    • In 2009, 76% of the 41,592 poisoning deaths in the U.S. were unintentional, and 8% were of undetermined intent
    • In 2009, 14% of the 41,592 poisoning deaths in the U.S. were intentional; the majority were suicides
    • In 2008, 91% of unintentional and undetermined poisoning deaths were caused by drugs (this includes prescription medication)
    • An estimated 71,000 children 18 years or younger went to the ED each year due to medication poisonings between 2004 and 2005; over 80% were due to unsupervised children finding and taking medications.
  • According to the Health Resources and Services Administration's Poison Help project, 51% of poisoning exposures occur in children under age 6

Prevention: Poison Control Centers can be valuable resources in helping to prevent poisonings in communities. They can also be cost saving services for states, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for every dollar spent on Poison Control Center services, $7 is saved in medical spending. Raising awareness about poison prevention resources can be done through National Poison Prevention Week, which occurs every March. National organizations like the Home Safety Council and the American Association of Poison Control Centers can provide educational materials to help individuals understand common poisons found in the home, and steps to take to reduce risks and help keep children safe.

Poison Help Videos (English)

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Poison Help Videos (Español)

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Poison Help PSA (Español)

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Poison Help PSA (English)

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"Synthetic Marijuana:" What Is It, Why Is It Dangerous, and How Can We Prevent Youth from Using It?

Synthetic cannabinoids, misleadingly called “synthetic marijuana” are human-made mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices. (1) 

CSN Webinar
Nov 28 2018

Injury Disparities: Drug Poisoning Deaths

This infographic focuses on the rates (per 100,000) of drug poisoning deaths of adolescents and young adults ages 10-24 from 2014-2016. It breaks out these deaths by sex, race/ethnicity, and location.

Drug poisoning is defined as an improper use of illicit drugs or medicine that is either prescribed or over-the-counter.

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New CSN Resources on the Costs of Childhood Injuries

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2017-11-28 00:00:00

In 2015, injuries caused 13,363 deaths in U.S. children and adolescents aged 0-19. In addition, injuries were responsible for 200,225 hospitalizations and almost 7.7 million emergency department (ED) visits in this population (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], WISQARS, 2017). One important way to understand the burden of childhood injuries is by looking at the costs of those injuries.

The Medical Costs of Childhood Injuries: Deaths

In 2015, the total medical costs of injury-related deaths of children age 19 and younger was $153.2 million. This infographic breaks out the medical cost of child deaths by injury topic.

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This is part of a series on the costs of childhood injuries.

Additional infographics on the medical costs of childhood injuries:

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