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Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: (614) 355-0435 (Administration)
Fax: (614) 355-0455
Poison Emergency Hotline: 1-800-222-1222


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Fast Facts

July 2013 – June 2014

Inpatient Toxicology Consults: 244
Toxicology Clinic: 35
Peer Consults: 574
Toxicology Poison Center Consults: 2,542
Poison Control Exposure Cases: 33,376

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Central Ohio Poison Center

Someone's 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 2014 Poison Prevention Week was March 16 - 22 but poison prevention can happen all year long! Below are a few tips to help with poison prevention:

Children Act Fast... So Do Poisons

  • Tell children what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them. Never call medicine “candy” to get them to take it.

  • Add the Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222) to all emergency contact lists and emergency kits, and make sure that babysitters and caregivers know where to find them.

  • If the unthinkable happens, it’s good to know help is just a phone call away. Program your cell phone with the Poison Help number and post it near your home phone. 1-800-222-1222

Poison Centers: Saving You Time and Money

  • Free health advice?  You bet!  Poison centers offer some of the best health value around:  Fast, confidential, expert medical advice 24 hours a day, every day of the year with just one phone call.  Free!

  • Do you have questions? Not sure if it’s an emergency? When in doubt, check it out. Call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222.

  • U.S. poison centers answer millions of calls each year.  Most calls come from the public, but did you know that doctors and nurses also call us for treatment advice?

  • Even though poison centers save people time and money and help keep people healthy, they face severe funding cuts.  These cuts are so drastic, that some poison centers may have to close.  If you support poison centers, and want these life-saving services to stay available, send a letter of support: www.capwiz.com/aapcc

Poisonings Span a Lifetime

  • Poisoning is a big deal! Poisoning is the second leading cause of death from injuries in the United States behind only motor vehicle crashes.

  • Most calls to poison centers are about children, but most people who die from poisons are adults. Poisoning is a danger for all of us.

  • Only give or take medicine with the lights on, and with glasses on if you need them, to ensure that you can see the label.

  • Download our free medicine checklist: www.aapcc.org/prevention

Home, Safe Home

  • More than 90 percent of poisonings happen in people’s homes, mainly in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.

  • Keep all medicines, household cleaners and garden chemicals up high where children can’t see or reach them.

  • Never store household and garden chemicals in food containers like cups or bottles.

  • Swallowing a button battery can be deadly for a child. Call your local poison center right away if a battery is missing from a toy or other household item.

  • Start an annual “Home Safety Day” in your neighborhood.  Go through each room of the home and make sure there are no poisoning dangers.  Download a checklist from our website: www.aapcc.org/prevention.

Spotlight on Prescription Painkillers

  • The FDA is calling prescription drug abuse an “epidemic.” Prescription painkillers are responsible for a lot of the addiction and abuse.

  • Get rid of prescription painkillers as soon as you are finished using them.  Don’t give a drug seeker the opportunity to find some in your home!

  • If you are currently using prescription painkillers, lock them up where only you can get to them.

  • Be aware of the dangers these drugs can pose.  Never change your dose without talking to your doctor first.

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

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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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