Protect people — practice poison prevention

Poisoning happens more often than you may think.

Which is why North Dakota Health professionals are encouraging you to practice poison prevention. 

They are encouraging people to protect themselves. 

Injury Prevention Program Director Mandy Slag says older adults need to be aware of the poisoning risks involved with taking prescription medications. 

She also notes children are commonly poisoned through painkillers, cosmetics, and personal care items. And preteens through spoiled food, prescription drug and more. 

It can happen to anyone at any age, but there are ways to prevent your chances of getting poisoned.  

“Keep medications up and out of sight, especially for younger children and keep them locked up,” says Slag. “People can also leave products such as medication and household cleaners such as bleach in the original containers.”

In 2018, there were over 5,369 poison exposure calls in North Dakota, and those calls were from people who were exposed to a potentially harmful substance.

The nationwide poison help number is 1-800-222-1222.

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