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Program poison control phone number into your phone now

Every EMT, paramedic, caregiver and parent needs to program the poison control number into their smartphone’s contacts


Make sure the national poison help phone number 1-800-222-1222, is programmed into your smartphone

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Program the nationwide Poison Control Center phone number into your smartphone right now: 1-800-222-1222.

Any call to this phone number is routed to a regional or state poison control center. In 2018 poison control centers handled more than 2.5 million calls and received a call about every 10 seconds.

When you call the poison control center number regarding an ingested, injected, inhaled or transdermal poison, have this information ready:

  • Patient’s gender, age and weight
  • Ingested, inhaled, injected or surfaced absorbed substance(s) — if known
  • The amount, exact or approximate
  • Dose size if pills were ingested
  • Time of exposure
  • Patient’s signs, symptoms and most recent vital signs
  • Any treatment self-administered by patient, bystanders, EMS or emergency department
  • Other co-ingestants — like alcohol and drugs
  • Additional information that might be helpful — was this an accidental or intentional poison exposure

Be prepared for additional questions from the poison control center call taker. Write down the directions provided, ask any clarifying questions, and provide treatments appropriate to your skills, training and authorization.

Learn more about Poison Control Centers at or Call your poison control center for stickers and magnets to put near landline telephones, phone charging stations or the kitchen refrigerator.

This article, originally published March 10, 2009, has been updated

Greg Friese, MS, NRP, is the Lexipol Editorial Director, leading the efforts of the editorial team on Police1, FireRescue1, Corrections1 and EMS1. Greg served as the EMS1 editor-in-chief for five years. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree from the University of Idaho. He is an educator, author, national registry paramedic since 2005, and a long-distance runner. Greg was a 2010 recipient of the EMS 10 Award for innovation. He is also a three-time Jesse H. Neal award winner, the most prestigious award in specialized journalism, and the 2018 and 2020 Eddie Award winner for best Column/Blog. Connect with Greg on LinkedIn.