Every day in the U.S., nearly 87 people die as a result of unintentional poisoning. More than 90% of poisonings occur in the home from substances that include over-the-counter medicines or vitamins; prescription drugs; illegal drugs; carbon monoxide; household cleaners; pesticides; plants; and metals, such as mercury and lead.
To help prevent poisonings, keep all potentially poisonous substances in locked cabinets or out of the reach of children.
If you suspect someone has been poisoned, call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222 and follow this emergency guidance:
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