NM Poison Center Promotes Poison Prevention Week

March 13, 2007

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - With National Poison Prevention Week approaching, March 18-24, the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (NMPDIC) is raising awareness of poison prevention to New Mexicans across the state.

The NMPDIC provides help with all types of poisoning situations such as medication errors, product misuses, alcohol misuses and toxic alcohols, animal bites and stings, plants, pet poisonings, pesticides, gasses, chemical spills, hazardous materials, and environmental and occupational exposures. The center also offers a drug information line at the same telephone number from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

As the best resource in New Mexico for any poison-related emergencies, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, the center continues to improve the health of New Mexicans by reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with poisonings, and by encouraging proper use of medications.

NMPDIC staff members answering poison emergency calls are pharmacists who are specialists in poison information. The center also has a medical toxicologist on call 24 hours. These specialists can often guide home treatment, allowing clients to avoid costly medical or emergency department visits.

The NMPDIC is a public service program of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC) and serves as a major teaching site for the UNM College of Pharmacy (UNM COP) and the UNM Department of Emergency Medicine.

The center is available to the public and healthcare professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Those needing "poison help" should call the NMPDIC at 1-800-222-1222.

For more information on the NMPDIC, visit the center’s web site athttp://hsc.unm.edu/pharmacy/poison/

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