Now calling the Poison Center is easier than ever. The New Mexico Poison Center is participating in a national effort to simplify poison center access across the United States. Now, wherever you are in the U.S. you can reach a poison center simply by dialing 1-800-222-1222.

If you have a question about a poison or think someone has been poisoned, call 1-800-222-1222 from anywhere in the U.S. and you will be routed to the nearest Poison Center. In New Mexico, your call will automatically be sent to the New Mexico Poison Center, the same nationally accredited regional poison center you depend on for excellent local service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

"The system works much like 911. People know that if they dial that number they will get the help they need immediately," said Dr. Jess Benson, director of the New Mexico Poison Center. It will still be possible to reach the New Mexico Poison Center by dialing the local or statewide telephone numbers. ""Although our old telephone numbers will still work," said Benson, "we will be promoting only the national 800 number from now on. By dialing 1-800-222-1222 you will be able to reach a poison center near you, no matter where you are, or where you are traveling in the U.S."

In February 2000, the federal Poison Control Center Awareness and Enhancement Act was signed into law. It provided in part, for the establishment of a single, national toll-free telephone number to access Poison Centers nationwide. The number came about through a joint effort of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Call the New Mexico Poison Center anytime if you have a question about poison or think someone has been poisoned for fast, free professional advice. The New Mexico Poison Center provides information on patient treatment and management, poison prevention information, as well as education programs to prevent poisons before they happen. The New Mexico Poison Center is a public service program of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and is affiliated with the College of Pharmacy. The Center is certified as a Regional Poison Center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers signifying national recognition of its status as an outstanding poison center.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322