The New Mexico Poison and Drug Infomration Center - a public service program of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center - is partnering with local restaurant Twisters to observe National Poison Prevention Week.
Since 1962, the third week in March has been designated National Poison Prevention Week and has focused national attention on the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. In New Mexico, poisonings are the leading cause of unintentional injury death.
New Mexico posted an age-adjusted drug poisoning death rate of 23.8 per 100,000 compared with the national rate of 12.3 per 100,000 in 2010, ranking New Mexico the second highest in the U.S.
Medications account for 57 percent of the substances involved with poisoning calls to the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center, making them the most common poisoning substance class.
In observance of National Poison Prevention Week,Twister’s Restaurant, 2301 Menaul NE (Menaul and University), is offering a 20 percent discount on March 19 to customers who present a coupon with their purchases. Log on to the Poison Center's website http://nmpoisoncenter.unm.edu/ to download your coupons. Procceeds will benefit the NM Poison and Drug Information Center.
This year, National Poison Prevention Week offers a special theme for each day of the week:
Monday, March 17 – Children Act Fast…So Do Poisons!
Tuesday, March 18 – Calling Your Poison Center is Responsible!
Wednesday, March 19 – Poisonings Span a Lifetime
Thursday, March 20 – Home, Safe Home
Friday, March 21 – Spotlight on Prescription Painkillers and Synthetics
Our Monday, March 17, message is Children Act Fast . . . So Do Poisons. Forty-three percent of the cases managed by the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center for the last fiscal year involved children under the age of six years? Follow the tips below to help prevent childhood poisonings.
- Keep cleaning supplies, batteries, encapsulated detergent pods and medicines locked up and away from children.
- When it comes to poison prevention, child-resistant is not child-proof. Layer the protection: re-seal, lock up, out of sight and reach.
- Tell children what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them. Never call medicine “candy” to get them to take it.
- Keep the Poison Help line number handy. Carry it with you on your babysitting jobs and save the number in your cell phone.
- Help is just a phone call away. Program the Poison Help number and post it near your home phone. 1-800-222-1222.
For more information about the NM Poison & Drug Information Center, visit http://nmpoisoncenter.unm.edu/ or call 505/272-4261.