Typically, around half of all calls to poison centers concern children under 6.
Last year, the Carolinas Poison Center -- the state's official poison center -- received nearly 127,000 calls. In 2006 and 2007, pain killers were the main pharmaceutical substance resulting in poisonings. Cosmetics and personal care products and cleaning products were the main non-pharmaceutical substances.
In 2006 and 2007, parents called on behalf of the patient nearly 50% of the time.
Carolinas Poison Center offers North Carolina residents 24/7 free and private assistance with suspected and actual poisonings. CPC is staffed by experts ready to help manage a variety of poison exposures.
Examples of possible poisons include household products, chemicals, carbon monoxide, drugs (prescription, over-the-counter, herbal, or illegal), snake bites, and bites from spiders and other insects.
Call 1-800-222-1222 for a poison exposure or to request information about poisons.