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Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 17th, 2016

Next week is National Poison Prevention Week. The Alliance is part of a coalition called the Poison Prevention Week Council, which provides information about the events associated with NPPW. 

Today the council has issued a press release with more details about NPPW, along with information about its weeklong awareness campaign. 

The Alliance will be taking part in the campaign through social media using the hashtag #NPPW16 as well as hosting a Twitter chat on safe medication use, storage, and disposal on March 23 at 1 p.m. ET, which you can follow using #SafeMedsChat.

Below is the press release:

For Immediate Release:  March 17, 2016 
For More Information, Contact: Angela Gonzales; 703-894-1865

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Unintentional poisoning hazards span a lifetime but preventing poisoning can take only moments.  During National Poison Prevention Week, March 20 – 26, 2016, the Poison Prevention Week Council (PPWC) will take to social media to bring awareness to the common, but often hidden poison dangers, as well as encourage the public to take a few simple precautions to prevent poisonings. 

In 2014, about 2.2 million calls were placed to the Poison Help Line (800-222-1222) from people coming into contact with dangerous or potentially dangerous substances. From incorrect medicine dosing to emerging hazards associated with liquid nicotine, most poisonings are unintentional and preventable.  This seven-day social media engagement campaign seeks to inform consumers about specific ways they can proactively protect themselves and their loved ones.  

During Poison Prevention Week, consumers are urged to ask a question, share a story, or simply follow the Twitter conversation by using #PreventPoison or #NPPW16. The PPWC will share poison-related data, images, information, and videos on topics ranging from child safety to medication safety. Consumers can follow the PPWC on Twitter (@PreventPoison) and also like and follow along with the Council’s Facebook page ).  

This year’s NPPW daily topics include:

  • Monday, March 21 – Children Act Fast … So Do Poisons
  • Tuesday, March 22 – Poison Centers: Saving You Time and Money
  • Wednesday, March 23 – Poisonings Span a Lifetime
  • Thursday, March 24 – Home, Safe Home
  • Friday, March 25 – Medication Safety

It’s important to remember that poisonings can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time.  While the majority of accidental human exposures called in to poison centers occur at a residence, they can also occur in the workplace, schools, healthcare facilities and elsewhere,” said Krista Osterthaler, Chair of the Poison Prevention Week Council and Director of National Outreach at the American Association of Poison Control Centers.  “The good news is that many poisonings are preventable, and if you need help, it’s readily available by calling Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.”   

For additional information about poison prevention, visit the Poison Prevention Week Council’s website at or on Twitter @PreventPoison. Individuals and organizations that would  like to follow social media content pertaining to National Poison Prevention Week should use and search for the hashtags #NPPW16 and #PreventPoison. 

About National Poison Prevention Week: 
Public Law 87-319 (approved September 26, 1961) requested that the President annually to designate the third week in March as National Poison Prevention Week. The observance, sponsored by the Poison Prevention Week Council, was designed to alert the American people to the problem of unintentional poisonings. For over 50 years, National National Poison Prevention Week has worked to educate the public about preventative and safety measures. 

About the Poison Prevention Week Council: 

The Poison Prevention Week Council provides information about the events associated with National Poison Prevention Week, the steps that you can take to help prevent accidental poisonings and tips for promoting community involvement in poison prevention. Learn more at


Posted in: Prevention / Drug Safety

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