30ml of Prevention
Ohio’s Poison Centers encourage all pharmacists to consider ways to help prevent poisonings by participating in Poison Prevention Week and all year long. Poison Prevention Week for 2016 is March 20-26 2016. Links to information/free posters and materials
Poisoning and drug overdose continues to be a major source of morbidity and mortality in Ohio and across the country. More than 2 million poisonings are reported to the Nation’s poison centers each year. Approximately 90 percent of poisonings occur at home, and 51 percent of all poisonings involve children under the age of 6. Poisoning continues to be one of the leading causes of death in adults. Common causes include drug overdose, medication errors and increased suicidality in the elderly. In 2015, an estimated 1856 (19/100,000) Ohioans died as a result of drug overdose. That’s equivalent to a little over 5 deaths daily.
Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center and the Central Ohio Poison serve the people of Ohio 24/7. Please help spread the prevention message and encourage your patients to call the poison center at 1-800 222-1222 when the need arises
----Rob Goetz, Pharm. D.