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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!

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