Mr. Yuk and the West Virginia Poison Center work together

CHARLESTON — When most people hear the word “poison,” or hear about the West Virginia Poison Center, they think of a child getting into household cleaning supplies kept under the sink. People who do not have children in their home often wonder why they should have the West Virginia Poison Center’s number readily available. Unfortunately, poisonings can happen to anyone at any time–a senior who accidentally took their spouse’s medication, a teenager who took too much medicine on purpose, or an employee who accidently splashed a chemical on her skin.

The West Virginia Poison Center answers questions or poisoning emergencies about: accidental poisonings of children and adults, drug overdoses, bites and stings, reactions to drugs and chemicals, drug interactions, poisoning of animals, toxic or non-toxic plant information and poisonings from drugs of abuse. Help is only a phone call away. Everyone, at any age, should have the West Virginia Poison Center’s number readily available. 1-800-222-1222. You never outgrow Mr. Yuk!

The West Virginia Poison Center provides comprehensive emergency poison information, prevention and educational resources to West Virginians 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The WVPC is staffed by nurses, pharmacists and physicians with special training in treatment of poisonings. Located in Charleston, the WVPC is a part of the West Virginia University-Charleston Division and located next to CAMC Memorial Hospital. Toll-free:1-800-222-1222. Website:www.wvpoisoncenter.org.

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