It's not just parents with young children who call the New Mexico Poison Center 's 24-hour emergency telephone service. Emergency physicians routinely call when they need information about how to treat a poisoning. They assist pharmacists when they need accurate and up-to-date drug information. Adult children use the service to check on medication for their parents.

The poison center, located at the UNM Health Sciences Center , is involved in all types of poisoning situations from medication errors, product misuses, alcohols, animal bites and stings, plants, pesticides, and gasses to chemical spills, hazardous materials and environmental and occupational exposures.

"The New Mexico Poison Center is the best resource for any poison-related emergency, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year," said Dr. Jess Benson, Director of the New Mexico Poison Center .

The New Mexico Poison Center is a public service program of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. The center serves as a major teaching site for the UNM College of Pharmacy and Department of Emergency Medicine and is certified as a Regional Poison Center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

In the past the center has operated with state funding but more and more, it must depend on private donations to support its operations.

For "Poison Help" dial 1-800-222-1222 . The center also has services available for individuals who are non-English speaking and for the hearing impaired.

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