Governor Eliminates California’s Poison Control Service
Service That Saves California
The California Poison Control System (CPCS) manages over 300,000 cases annually – that’s 900 every day. The elimination of poison control services will precipitate an immediate shift to more costly and already overburdened sectors of
The CPCS saves
This is a service Californians cannot afford to lose on the eve of additional cuts to health care. In this climate of economic uncertainty, the poison control center may be the only immediate and free expert medical service many residents can access.
“More than 50 percent of poisonings happen to children 5 years old and under and more than 90 percent happen at home,” said
By calling the Office of the Governor at 916-445-2841 and their local Assembly or Senate member, which can be found by visiting www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html,
Californians can demand that funding for poison control services be immediately reinstated.
Since its inception in 1997, the CPCS has managed over 2,000,000 cases. Clinical pharmacists, registered nurses, physicians and poison information providers answer the phones. A board-certified physician toxicologist is available at all times for specialized consultations from medical facilities seeking expert, current information in managing poison exposures.
In addition to providing access to poison experts, the CPCS is a central communication system infrastructure that can handle thousands of calls a day, providing real-time surveillance and identification of critical public health threats and rapid, reliable help during major public health events.
The CPCS has four sites of operation including UC Davis Medical Center in
SOURCE California Poison Control System