March 19-25 is National Poison Prevention Week

ORD, Neb. In1961, the United States Congress designated the third week in March each year as National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW), a week dedicated to raising awareness about poisoning in the U.S. and highlighting specific ways to prevent it. Poison Prevention Week is March 19-25, 2017, and Valley County Health System is taking the time to remind the public that while poisonings are the leading cause of injury death in the U.S., many poisonings are preventable and expert help is just a phone call away.

While the majority of poison-related exposures occur in children under 5 years of age, deaths among young children decreased from approximately 450 in 1961 to 24 in 2015. Nebraska has not seen the numbers of opioid deaths that other states have experienced; however, drug overdose deaths in Nebraska have increased more than 20 percent over the last decade.

Poison Prevention Tips:

Save the Poison Center number in your phone as a contact: 1-800-222-1222

Be sure to read and follow medicine labels every time.

Never share your medicine with others or use someone else's medicine.

Remember to always use the dosing device that comes with the medicine.

Take only one medicine at a time with the same active ingredient.

Store all medicines up and away and out of reach and sight of children.

Teach children to only take medicines with the permission and guidance
from a parent or a trusted adult.

Install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

Be aware of where the disc batteries are in your home. They may be
found in remote controls, key fobs, watches and toys. Keep batteries
away from children!

Make sure all cleaning materials, including laundry packets, are stored
in original containers and up and out of sight of children.

For more information, visit the American Association of Poison Control Centers website at