A free, user-friendly online app called webPOISONCONTROL or webPC helps people troubleshoot poisonings before calling a poison center. The app, developed by the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center and National Capital Poison Center, covers hundreds of thousands of drugs, plants, pesticides and household products.
"It helps people find out very quickly within a couple of minutes whether the amount they ingested is concerning and it will give them a couple of choices," says Susan Smolinske, PharmD, director of New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center, part of the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy.
The app guides users to either stay at home, call the poison center or get medical care at a hospital.
The app is available for download on Apple and Android devices. It is also accessible at nmpoisoncenter.unm.edu.