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National Poison Prevention Week, March 21--27, 2004

March 21--27 is National Poison Prevention Week. This week is organized each year by the National Poison Prevention Week Council, a coalition of national organizations working to prevent poisonings. This year's activities will focus on reducing unintentional poisonings among children by emphasizing the responsibility of parents, grandparents, and other caregivers for preventing poisonings in the home.

In 2002, U.S. poison-control centers reported approximately 2.3 million poisonings (1). Approximately 90% of these occurred in the home and involved common household items (e.g., cleaning products, detergents, medicines, vitamins, cosmetics, and plants) (2).

As part of promotion efforts for National Poison Prevention Week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a poison lookout checklist, which highlights areas of the home that are common sites of unintentional poisonings and how to correct situations that might lead to poisonings. The checklist is available at

Additional information about National Poison Prevention Week is available at and The national toll-free telephone number for poison-control centers is 1-800-222-1222.


  1. Watson WA, Litovitz TL, Rodgers GC, et al. 2002 Annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers Toxic Exposures Surveillance System. Am J Emerg Med 2003;21:353--421.
  2. Litovitz TL, Klein-Schwartz W, White S, et al. 2000 Annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers Toxic Exposures Surveillance System. Am J Emerg Med 2001;19:337--96.

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