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50th Observance: National Poison Prevention Week

March 16, 2012

Celebrating Thousands of Lives Saved and Poison Awareness Levels Raised


News from the Poison Prevention Week Council

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — March 18-24, 2012 will mark the 50th Anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW), first established by Congress in September 1961. As one of the longest continuously running, health and safety campaigns in the United States, the key goal of NPPW is to create national awareness about the risk of injury or death due to poisoning. From unintentional child poisonings with household products to prescription medicine abuse, poisonings and poisoning-related incidents have a nationwide reach. While there have been tremendous strides and measurable success in poisoning prevention, there is still work to be done.

Child-resistant packaging on medicines and household products as well as the prohibition of lead-based paint in homes are among poisoning prevention successes, significantly contributed to improved safety. However, emerging hazards involving pest control products, prescription medicine abuse and button batteries have again reignited the need for increased awareness. In just the past year, America’s 57 poison control centers fielded 4 million calls, treating 2.4 million human poison exposures and handling 1.6 million information calls.

The Poison Prevention Week Council (PPWC), comprised of federal and private sector partners dedicated to coordinating NPPW and promoting poisoning prevention, will disseminate daily, themed messages covering the spectrum of poison-related issues and will end the safety awareness week with a conversation with the public. Consumers, community activists, victims of poison incidents and poison prevention specialists are invited to share stories, photos of preventative measures and outreach and education efforts on Friday, March 23, 2012 on the “Poison Prevention” Facebook page.

The themes for the Seven Days of Poisoning Prevention are:
Sunday: Poisonings Span a Lifetime
Monday: Children Act Fast, So Do Poisons
Tuesday: Poison Centers: Saving Lives 24/7
Wednesday: Take Your Medicines Safely
Thursday: Home, Safe, Home
Friday: Poison Prevention Superhero: Share Your Stories
Saturday: 50 Ways to Prevent Poisonings

For more information about the daily themes, to participate in the poisoning awareness events, or to find a complete list of partners involved in the PPWC, visit the PPWC website at www.poisonprevention.org.

Public Law 87-319 (approved September 26, 1961) requested the President annually to designate the third week in March as National Poison Prevention Week. The observance, sponsored by the Poison Prevention Week Council, was designed to alert the American people to the problem of unintentional poisonings. For the past 50 years, National Poison Prevention Week has focused on preventing poisonings among children under 5 years of age.

Poison Prevention Week Council Members:

American Academy of Pediatrics * American Association of Poison Control Centers * American Cleaning Institute * American College of Emergency Physicians * American Pharmacists Association * American Society for Testing Materials * Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc.* Consumer Specialty Products Association * Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council * National Safety Council * Safe Kids Worldwide * U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention * U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission * U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development * U.S. Environmental Protection Agency * U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration

www.poisonprevention.org * wilson@aapcc.org * 703-894-1864
c/o: AAPCC 515 King Street, Ste 510 / Alexandria, VA 22314

Media Contact: Kim Dulic, (301) 504-7058

SOURCE Poison Prevention Week Council

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