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State offers free poison prevention packs

National Poison Prevention Week runs March 20-26

ANCHORAGE, AK - As part of National Poison Prevention Week, March 20-26, the Alaska Poison Control Program is offering free poison prevention packs to all Alaskans. From 2000 to 2009, poisoning was reported as the No. 2 cause of accidental deaths for Alaskans of all ages.

The packs include stickers and magnets with the 1-800-222-1222 poison hotline number, a poison first-aid guide, tip sheets and more. In 2010, Alaskans made 8,945 calls to the Alaska Poison Control Center. More than half of those calls were for children under age 6 who had been exposed to poison.

"These packs are designed to emphasize the dangers of potentially poisonous medicines, household cleaners and other chemicals," said Maria Bailey, with the Poison Control Program. "Our hope is that people will take the preventative steps outlined in the packs to ensure their safety and the safety of their loved ones."

To request your poison prevention pack, call 907-465-4170, or go online to www.poisoncontrol.alaska.gov. The program has a limited supply of packs and will distribute them until they are gone.

2010 Top 5 poison-related phone calls for children under age 6

Type of Poisoning

Calls Received

Cosmetics/Personal care products

568



Household cleaners



440



Analgesics (pain-relievers)



431



Topical preparations



310



Foreign objects/toys/miscellaneous



257











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