The AAPCC’s mission is to actively advance the health care role and public health mission of our members through information, advocacy, education and research. It works with local poison center members to monitor incidences of poisoning and their sources, including household products, chemicals at work or in the environment, drugs, and animal and insect bites.
In 2013, America’s 55 poison centers received over 3.1 million calls. Of those, about 2.2 million were calls about poison exposures ranging from carbon monoxide to snake bites to food poisoning. And poison centers aren’t just for parents whose children get into the cleaning cabinet. Although children younger than 6 accounted for about half of all the poison exposure calls to poison center in 2013, adults accounted for 92 percent of all poison-related deaths reported to poison centers.
AAPCC prevention tips can help you or your loved ones avoid poisonings. For more information, contact our local poison center at 1-800-222-1222.