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Central Ohio Poison Center

If you think someone may be poisoned, please call 1 (800) 222-1222.

As one of only 57 American Association of Poison Control Regional Certified Centers,The Central Ohio Poison Center provides central and southeastern Ohio residents with state-of-the-art poison prevention, assessment and treatment.  

The Center’s services are available to the public, medical professionals and industry and human service agencies.  The Poison Center handles more than 42,000 poison exposure calls annually, and confidential, free emergency poisoning treatment advice is available 24/7.

The "Be Poison Smart!"® Program provides poison prevention education to health care providers, students, parents and the general public in cooperation with agencies such as the Ohio Department of Health, Head Start and the Ohio Hospital Association.

Poison Emergency

If this is a Poison Emergency, please call 1-800-222-1222.

This national poison emergency hotline number connects callers to the closest/local poison center. Ohio residents are serviced by one of the 3 regional poison centers located in Cleveland, Cincinnati or Columbus.

The Central Ohio Poison Center also offers assistance to the hearing impaired (T.T.Y.): 1-866-688-0088.

Call the Poison Center first! If a person is unconscious, call 911.

What is the nationwide poison center number?
All regional poison centers in the United States will be accessed via 1-800-222-1222. When you call the number, you will reach one of the three Ohio Poison centers, located in Cleveland, Cincinnati, or Columbus. The Central Ohio Poison Center in Columbus services 44 Ohio Counties.

Who will answer the phone when you call?
Health care professionals including pharmacists, nurses or physicians staff the Central Ohio Poison Center. Most of them have passed a special certification exam classifying them as certified specialists in poison information (CSPI). They are local experts who know the community and are trusted by local doctors, pharmacists, paramedics and nurses to provide the best information on poison-related questions and treatments.

Why is it important to support poison centers?
In December 1993, members of an Oregon family suffered severe respiratory symptoms after using a new type of leather cleaning spray. An alert poison control center director notified colleagues nationally and set in motion a response to the potential crisis. Within four hours, the manufacturer had voluntarily recalled the aerosol cleaner and stores throughout the country were directed to remove the product from their shelves. For over 20 years, poison control centers have prevented or restricted public health catastrophes such as the leather spray episode. However, dwindling support from state and local government, as well as financial pressure on hospitals, have forced many poison control centers to close.

Poison Prevention Week

The 2015 Poison Prevention Week is March 15 - 21 but poison prevention can happen all year long! Check out our Poison Prevention Tips!

Contact Information

Community Resource Program
Central Ohio Poison Center
700 Children's Dr.
Columbus, OH 43205
Main Office Line: (614) 355-0435
Fax: (614) 355-0455

Department Highlights

Help Save Your Poison Center:

U.S. budget cuts threaten valuable poison centers. Please let your representatives in Washington, D.C., know that you believe poison centers are vital and that you support funding to keep them running 24/7/365. To join your voice with other poison center supporters, register for the AAPCC advocacy network at www.capwiz.com/aapcc, then send a letter to your elected officials by clicking on “Take Action” in the featured alert.

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If you would like to contribute to the Central Ohio Poison Center, please visit our Foundation to make a gift. Thank you!

Pill Identification             

If you need to have a medication identified or want to obtain more information about your medication, please contact your pharmacist or visit www.Drugs.com. This site is an accurate, comprehensive and current online source of drug information, providing free and independent advice on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and natural products.

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Fast Facts

July 2014 – June 2015

Inpatient Toxicology Consults: 135
Toxicology Clinic: 31
Peer Consults: 574
Toxicology Poison Center Consults: 2,542
Poison Control Exposure Cases: 33,376

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