March 22, 2007

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - On Thursday, March 22, the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center in partnership with UNM College of Pharmacy and Wal-Mart Pharmacies raised awareness about National Poison Prevention Week, March 18-24, by handing out free Vial of Life emergency medical information kits at the Wal-Mart pharmacy, Zuni and San Mateo.

The Vial of Life is a national program dedicated to providing medical information for those unable to communicate in a medical emergency. The vials contain paperwork for the recipients to list their important medical information including any health conditions, current prescriptions, allergies and emergency contacts. In addition, the bottle contains a Vial of Life window sticker to let paramedics know that the patient has a Vial of Life in their refrigerator door.

"Anyone can benefit from having a Vial of Life, especially senior citizens and anyone who has a chronic illness or who lives alone," said Jess Benson, director of the New Mexico Poison Center.

The vials are free and are available at any Wal-Mart pharmacy. For more information on the Vial of Life visithttp://hsc.unm.edu/pharmacy/poison