Post Content

Posted by Rahila Saeed in the DPH Injury Prevention Program and the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Regional Poison Control Center.

Whether your 2-year old ate some diaper rash cream or your grandfather accidentally took too much of his medication, the regional Poison Control Center for Massachusetts and Rhode Island is here for you – 24/7, 365 days a year, and in more than 150 languages.  Just dial 1-800-222-1222.

Poisonings are the leading cause of injury death in the state of Massachusetts – even more than car accidents. In 2011, we answered over 50,000 calls from concerned residents – and we’re just one of 57 such centers in the United States that are committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of every American through poison prevention and free, confidential, expert medical services. 

Please join us to celebrate that commitment at a special event in the Nurses Hall of the Massachusetts State House, on Tuesday, April 16th from 8:45am-10:30am.

It’s all part of National Poison Prevention Week, first officially proclaimed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 to focus national attention on the dangers of poisonings – and how to prevent them. The event is free and open to the general public. Please join us to learn more about keeping yourself and your family safe from the dangers of poisonings.

To view the full agenda for the event, please visit www.maripoisoncenter.org.  If you have any questions or need more information, please contact me at Rahila.Saeed@childrens.harvard.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!

Written By:


health communication writer and editor

Recent Posts

Exposure to Radon Increases Your Risk for Lung Cancer posted on Jul 13

Exposure to Radon Increases Your Risk for Lung Cancer

Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas. Radon is created when naturally occurring elements such as uranium and radium in rocks and soil break down during a process called radioactive decay. Once radon is emitted, it migrates upwards to the ground surface through   …Continue Reading Exposure to Radon Increases Your Risk for Lung Cancer

Highlights of the July 12th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jul 12

This month’s meeting of the PHC featured an implementation update related to a current Determination of Need project, a vote on final regulations, and an informational presentation from DPH staff for Council members. First, the Council received an implementation update from Boston Children’s Hospital on   …Continue Reading Highlights of the July 12th Public Health Council Meeting

Keeping Cool and Staying Healthy During Extreme Heat posted on Jul 12

Keeping Cool and Staying Healthy During Extreme Heat

Temperatures this week in Massachusetts have been relatively normal for this time of year. Even so, we know that most summers in New England will bring about at least some extremely hot days. In fact, extreme heat events are one of the most common causes   …Continue Reading Keeping Cool and Staying Healthy During Extreme Heat