National Poison Prevention Week | March 18-22, 2024

March 18, 2024
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National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year. The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages and promote community involvement in poisoning prevention.

In 1961, Congress established National Poison Prevention Week to raise awareness, reduce unintentional poisonings, and promote poison prevention. It is sponsored by the National Poison Prevention Week Council. Each year, the Council holds a children's artwork contest to raise awareness about poisons. Additionally, poison centers across the country conduct activities to raise awareness of the dangers of poisoning.

Some of the issues that the National Poison Control center can help with include:

  • Taking too much medication accidentally
  • Abusing prescription drugs
  • Poisonous animal bites
  • Experimenting with drugs
  • Toddlers consuming cleaning supplies
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

For more information on National Poison Prevention week and where to get help, visit: or call 1-800-222-1222.

Credit: Health Resources & Services Administration

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