For You & Your Family

In an Emergency
  • Call the Poison Center Hotline (1.800.222.1222): If you or another person has been poisoned, or think you may have been poisoned.
  • Remain calm: The majority of poison emergencies can be resolved quickly.
  • Call 9-1-1: If the person has collapsed, is unconscious, or has difficulty breathing.
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How Poisons can Hurt You

Check additional pages for information on poisons and the potential consequences of poisons when they are swallowed or inhaled, or get in your eyes or on your skin.

How to Talk to Your Children

We have information and tips for you on how to talk to children about poisons.

What is a Poison?

Any product or substance can be harmful if it is used in the wrong way, by the wrong person, or in the wrong amount. Any person or animal can be poisoned if they eat, drink, breath, inject, or get the substance on the skin or eyes.

Who is Poisoned & Why does it Happen?

Young children are the most common victims of poisonings, however adults, older adults, and pets also face potential poisonings, learn about situations that can lead to poisonings.


We have information about medications, including:

Safety Tips

Our safety tips can help you prevent poisonings from occurring. Our Poison Safety Checklist will help you make your home safer.

Syrup of Ipecac

Syrup of Ipecac is no longer being manufactured. If you own or are starting a daycare, the Revised Code of Washington states that you must have Syrup of Ipecac on hand. Since this is no longer possible, the State will forgo the bottle of Ipecac if you have our letter and number 1.800.222.1222 on hand. If you have Syrup of Ipecac and are thinking of using it, please call the Poison Center first.

Poison First Aid

See our poison first aid tips to learn how to handle a potential poisoning.

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