May 13, 2008
Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - On Tuesday, May 13, Chase Foundation donated $100,000 to the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center. The money will be used to support the center’s program in providing efficient and accurate poison and drug information to healthcare professionals and New Mexicans statewide.
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.
Anyone can call the poison center if they, a loved one or even a pet has possibly been poisoned or is experiencing a medication error. Healthcare professionals, including pediatricians, ER physicians, nurse practitioners and pharmacists can call the center with questions or if they need assistance with a patient. The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-222-1222.
The New Mexico Poison Center 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. Staff members at the center, 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.
Chase Foundation, established in 2006 by Mack and Marilyn Chase to help serve the community of Artesia, N.M., decided to donate to the New Mexico Poison Center after being approached by local Artesia pharmacist Lowell Irby. Irby owns Lowell’s Pharmacy in Artesia and in his 30 years as a pharmacist understands the importance of having a New Mexico poison center readily available with the latest poison and drug information.