March 15-21 is National Poison Prevention Week
The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (NMPDIC), a public service program of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, needs your support in raising awareness about the dangers of poisons and what can be done to prevent poisonings.
In New Mexico, poisonings are the leading cause of unintentional injury death. This is largely due to the abuse of drugs, particularly prescribed medications. Other substances driving this trend include alcohol, illicit drugs and synthetic drugs (e.g., Spice and Bath Salts).
National Poison Prevention Week, March 15-21, is a good time to educate New Mexicans about the importance of preventing poisonings. The following are a few examples of how you can lend your support:
- Spread the word about New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center services:
- Best resource for any poison-related emergency
- Assists New Mexicans with their medications and tablet identifications
- Telephones manned by registered pharmacists specially trained in the treatment and management of poisonings
- One clinical toxicologist and two medical toxicologists on staff
- Telephone service is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Telephone service is free and confidential
- By safely managing poisonings on site and providing bedside consults for hospitalized patients, the NMPDIC saved New Mexicans $40 million dollars in avoided health care costs during the last fiscal year.
- Join the NMPDIC on Facebook for the latest poisoning trends and prevention tips. Encourage your family, friends, co-workers and patients to do the same.
- Program your cell with the Poison Help Line: 1-800-222-1222. Encourage your family, friends, co-workers to do the same.
- Visit the NMPDIC website at http://nmpoisoncenter.unm.edu. Encourage your family, friends, co-workers and patients to do the same.
- Order materials to distribute at http://nmpoisoncenter.unm.edu.
- Promote our “Call Before You Go” message. Encourage your family, friends, co-workers and patients to call the NMPDIC first for a poison emergency before going to the emergency room or calling for an ambulance.