As a public health service, Virginia Poison Center is authorized by the Centers for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health to receive protected patient health information from physicians and facilities, as noted in the CDC HIPPA authorization and the VDH HIPPA authorization.
In an emergency, call the poison center at (800) 222-1222. Otherwise, the following sites include useful poison-related information. The Virginia Poison Center does not sponsor, review or certify any of these sites.
- Injury Prevention Program
- Virginia Department of Health
- Virginia’s Regional Emergency Medical Services Councils
- American Academy of Clinical Toxicology is a not-for-profit multidisciplinary organization uniting scientists and clinicians in the advancement of research, education, prevention and treatment of diseases caused by chemicals, drugs and toxins.
- American Association of Poison Control Centers provides information on poison prevention, the national poison data system and the latest updates on “poison news.”
- American College of Medical Toxicology is a professional organization for physicians specializing in the care of poisoned patients.
- American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for Animals’ Animal Poison Control Center is available 24/7 at (888) 426-4435.
- American Society on Aging is a resource for family members, community groups and care providers who either work with or on behalf of older adults. Leadership, knowledge and skills development resources include seminars and printed materials.
- Health Resources and Services Administration provides an excellent source for poison prevention information that is downloadable and free.
- National Inhalant Prevention Coalition provides electronic resources, training and media regarding inhalant abuse.
- National Institute for Health: Senior Health provides training tools, health tips, health videos and information to help seniors take medications safely.
- National Pesticide Information Center provides scientifically based information on pesticides and pesticide-related topics. The NPIC is a cooperative agreement between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- The National Poison Prevention Week Council provides information and resources for the National Poison Prevention Week campaign held annually in the third full week of March.
- Pet Poison Helpline is available 24/7 at (800) 213-6680.
- Safe Kids Worldwide provides information for childhood injury prevention which includes injuries in the home and poisoning. Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to childhood injury prevention causes, the leading cause of death to children in the U.S.
- Stop Medicine Abuse and Five Moms Initiative provides information on the prevention of adolescent abuse of over-the-counter medications containing dextromethorphan.
- National Library of Medicine
- U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- U S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: Food Safety and Inspection Service
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration