Health Matters: Arkansas Poison Control Center

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Poison Center at UAMS receives about 100 calls every day.

Most of those calls come from frantic parents concerned their kids swallowed something that could be deadly.

"I would say 50 percent of our calls involve children five years and younger," says the center's Pam Rossi.

Rossi, a poison control specialist, says kids can get sick from ingesting things as common as household cleaners to cosmetics.

Unfortunately, after they grow up, there's something else to worry about. Rossi says prescription drugs are, more often, getting into the hands of teenagers looking for a quick high.

"The important thing is to keep chemicals and medications locked and up and out of reach," she advises.

Another important prevention tip is to get rid of any unused prescriptions. But even if you take all the precautions, accidents still happen.

That's why Rossi and her team of specialists are always available.

"We are the 24 hour poison control center," says Rossi.

The Arkansas Poison Hotline number is 1-800-222-1222.

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