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American Association of Poison Centers (AAPCC) launches PoisonHelp.org

Friday, March 17, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessica Austin
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Greetings from the American Association of Poison Centers (AAPCC).  We are requesting your organization’s help to spread the word about our new interactive online poison help triage tool, PoisonHelp.org. We are very excited to be launching this new tool to the public during National Poison Prevention Week – March 19-25, 2017, and beyond. 

 

As you are likely aware, poisoning is the leading cause of injury death in the U.S.  More people die of poisoning every year than even gun or car-related injuries, and many more are seriously injured.  These alarming trends are due in large part to the increasing prevalence of opioid and other prescription analgesic use, coupled with emerging pediatric poisoning hazards such as marijuana edibles, liquid nicotine, and single use laundry detergent packets increasingly found in homes, nationwide.

 

More than ever, Americans need immediate access to a credible source of poisoning information and treatment advice.  You are among the first to be made aware that there is now more than one way to access “poison control” – by calling the national Poison Help hotline at 1 (800) 222-1222 or by using PoisonHelp.org. This new (and free) interactive, mobile device-optimized, online poison information tool was created and vetted by the very toxicology experts who oversee the nation’s poison control centers. 

 

Based in large part on concerns about the inconsistent accuracy of poison-related information available on the web, the AAPCC Board initiated the development of PoisonHelp.org, wherein users are prompted to answer a few simple questions about a human exposure to approximately 325,000 available unique products and substances.  The site uses AAPCC-approved algorithms to quickly return a recommendation for the user based on his or her input. Input fields include substance, route of exposure, and some basic information about the exposed person. For any complex or potentially dangerous exposure, the user is prompted to call Poison Help at 1 (800) 222-1222, and the number is provided for all search results as a resource for more information. For smart phone users, the Poison Help number can be dialed by touching the number on the screen.


In short, PoisonHelp.org is a novel extension of the life-saving public service that has been offered by poison control centers for decades via telephone.  PoisonHelp.org is the only AAPCC-sanctioned and endorsed online poisoning triage tool.

 

We are writing you today to ask you to support our efforts to promote Poisonhelp.org in one or more (or all!) of the following ways:

 

  1. Link to www.PoisonHelp.org from your personal or organization’s website.  Consider linking to it from your homepage, even if it’s just temporarily.  A suggested title for the link is, “New online interactive poison information tool from poison control.”  Alternatively, we have provided graphics in our Outreach Partner Toolkit which you are welcome to use, and from which you can hyperlink.
  2. Use the sample Tweets and Facebook posts in the toolkit to help us get the word out.  Be sure to use the hashtag, “#poisonhelp” so we can readily see your tweet/post and publicly thank you! 
  3. Use the provided draft blog or newsletter content in the toolkit.  Feel free to tweak this to make it more relevant to your audience.

Promotion of PoisonHelp.org and poisoning prevention could provide you with content for the following national observances in 2017:

 

April:  Alcohol Awareness Month

Apr. 3-9:  National Public Health Week

May:  Older Americans Month

June:  National Safety Month

Aug. 7:  National Kids Day

Aug. 21:  Senior Citizens Day

Aug. 31:  International Overdose Awareness Day

September: Baby Safety Month, Healthy Aging Month, Pain Awareness Month, and National Emergency Preparedness Month

October:  National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month, Talk About Your Medicines Month, American Pharmacists Month, and Children’s Health Month

Oct. 16-20:  National Health Education Week

Oct. 23-27:  Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 2 (Mon):  Child Health Day

Oct. 24 (Tues):  Lock Your Meds Day

November:  National Family Caregivers Month

December:  Safe Toys and Celebrations Month

 

We thank you in advance for your consideration.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions or thoughts on this effort.  We hope we have an opportunity to collaborate with you on future endeavors.

 

Warmest regards,

 

William Banner MD, PhD

President

American Association of Poison Control Centers

Pediatric Critical Care and Toxicology

INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City

wbanner@aol.com

 

Stephen T. Kaminski, JD

Executive Director

American Association of Poison Control Centers

515 King Street, Suite 510

Alexandria, VA 22314

Kaminski@aapcc.org

 

Krista Osterthaler, MPH

Director of National Outreach

American Association of Poison Control Centers

515 King Street, Suite 510

Alexandria, VA 22314

osterthaler@aapcc.org


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