March 19-25 is National Poison Prevention Week

The week of March 19-25 is National Poison Prevention Week! The Nursing division of the Livingston Health Department would like you to read the information distributed by NEW JERSEY POISON INFORMATION AND EDUCATION SYSTEM (NJPIES) for the safety of your loves ones and yourself.

According to NJPIES mishaps can occur at any time. Do not take chances by waiting until symptoms happen. While family members and internet searches may offer some answers, these are not the best ways to get immediate help. If someone is unconscious, not breathing, seizing/convulsing, bleeding profusely, difficult to arouse/wake up, etc. call 911 immediately, otherwise call the NJ Poison Center at 1-(800)-222-1222.

Calling the poison center is always the fastest way to get the medical help or information you need to prevent further injury.  Time is important in such situations so program the Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222) as a contact in your mobile phone and post it somewhere in your home, like on your refrigerator or near your home phone.

Help is available to NJ residents anytime day or night, even on weekends and holidays. Remember, services are fast, free, confidential, and multilingual.

Call 800-222-1222, chat www.njpies.org, or text 8002221222@njpies.org; the hearing impaired may also use their TTY and call 973-926-8008.

Help is Just a Phone Call Away!

NJ Poison Control