Poison Related Facts
- Each year, between 2 to 4 million actual poisonings occur in the United States.
- Approximately 90% of poisonings occur in the home. Poisoning can occur at any time of the day or night, but peak hours are generally between 4PM and 11PM.
- On average, poison control centers handle one poison exposure every 8 seconds.
- Most poisoning exposures are unintentional and the majority occur in children under the age of six.
- Annually, of all the calls to a poison control center about a potential poisoning, more than 70% of calls are managed on-site and outside of a health care facility, meaning that the caller gets the help they need over the phone without having to go to a doctor or the hospital.
- Poison Control Centers Improve Patient Care. Every 90 seconds a health care professional consults a poison control center.
Source: American Association of Poison Control Centers – www.aapcc.org
- NJPIES received a total of 71,090 poison-related calls.
- There were 55,764 poison exposures reported.
- Over 50% of all poison exposures occurred in children under the age of six.
- Eighty-two percent of poison exposures were unintentional.
- Approximately 70% of calls were made from a New Jersey residence.
- Fifteen percent of calls originated from a health care facility or medical professional.
- Nearly three-quarters of exposure calls were treated on- site with phone advice and assistance from the NJ Poison Control Center.
Source: 2009 New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES)