National Poison Prevention Week is March 18th-24th
National Poison Prevention Week is an annual federal observance designated the third week in March.  It’s a great time to take action to prevent a poisoning from happening to you or a loved one.  Carolinas Poison Control Center is here to help! 

Poisonings can happen to anyone of any age.  Check out these 5 tips and resources: 

  1. Are you trying to teach small children the importance of recognizing potentially dangerous products?  Anything can be a poison if it’s used in the wrong way, wrong amount, or by the wrong person.  Our Home Safety Checklist can help identify items you may have in your home that might become a problem for a child if eaten or touched. 

  2. Over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers are the top substances that adults contact us about.  Visit the Prescription Medicines section of our website to find out what can happen when prescription medications are misused and how to avoid a medication poisoning.

  3. One in 17 North Carolina high school students say they've misused a prescription drug according to the NC Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  Review this PowerPoint about prescription drug misuse with your teen (found on the "For Educators" link).   

  4. Caring for an aging parent?  Click here to see our Adverse Reactions medicine brochure for the senior in your life who may be taking multiple medications.

  5. Chat with us!  Accidents happen, and if you suspect a poisoning has occurred, you can now chat with one of our nurses or pharmacists about your concern.  Click here to get started.

DHHS and Carolinas Poison Center following CBD exposures
See this press release issued by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services about a joint effort to understand the increase in Emergency Room visits related to potentially contaminated cannabidiol (CBD) oil used in e-cig devices or vaporizing pens.     

Carolinas Poison Control Center receives Member of the Year Award

Safe Kids Charlotte Mecklenburg has named Carolinas Poison Center the 2017 Member of the Year.  The award is given to coalition members who make a significant impact in the area of childhood injury prevention.  Coalition members vote on the award recipient.

This year, the Carolinas Poison Control Center launched an educational PowerPoint targeted to teens about the proper use of medications and how to avoid medication poisonings.  That PowerPoint can be accessed here.

In addition, the center debuted online chat, which allows an alternative way for people to contact the center about a poisoning.  Since the inception of chat about a month ago, just over half of chats (where an age was provided) have concerned someone 18 years old and younger.

The center also connects the coalition to the latest poisoning data and trends to help identify vulnerable populations, detail poisoning threats that can be addressed by the coalition as a whole, and determine poison prevention messaging that can be shared with others.  The center gladly distributes poison prevention materials to coalition members and to anyone in the general public.  Click here to see the full line of education materials offered by Carolinas Poison Control.

Concerns over contact with fentanyl addressed

Should EMS professionals fear an exposure to fentanyl when arriving on the scene of a suspected fentanyl overdose?  The Medical Director of Carolinas Poison Control Center, Dr. Michael Beuhler, helps shed some light on what a fentanyl overdose looks like and if there is cause for concern when experiencing incidental contact with fentanyl.  Click here to read more.

First responders:  click here to download a fact sheet from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) about dermal exposure to fentanyl.    

Carolinas Poison Center celebrates 25 years with PSA 
In 2017, Carolinas Poison Center is marking its 25th anniversary. As the state of North Carolina’s only poison control center, we’ve advised people through a lot of ingestions, inhalations, envenomations, exposures on the skin, or in the eyes. Hear from our staff as they describe a day in the life of a poison control center and why they love what they do.

Watch the 25th anniversary PSA video