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In 2016, the Washington Poison Center (WAPC) managed 62,498 calls, over 171 calls per day.

  • There were 55,224 human poison exposures, with children six and younger accounting for almost 51% of all poison exposure cases.  Human exposures with more serious outcomes (moderate, major, or death) accounted for 6.17 % of all exposures.
  • There were over 7274 information calls.
  • Over 80 % of poisonings were unintentional; 15 % were intentional, with suicidal intent suspected in 9.9 % of all cases.
  • Of the 7,856 medication errors, almost 12% were in children under 2 years old and over 25% were in adults over 65 years.

Categories ALL Ages
1. Analgesics
2. Cosmetics/Personal Care Products
3. Cleaning Substances (Household)
4. Antidepressants
5. Sedative/Hypnotics/Antipsychotics
6. Foreign Bodies/Toys/Miscellaneous
7. Cardiovascular Drugs
8. Antihistamines
9. Topical Preparations
10. Plants

Categories Adults >= 20 years
1. Analgesics
2. Sedative/Hypnotics/Antipsychotics
3. Antidepressants
4. Cardiovascular Drugs
5. Cleaning Substances (Household)
6. Alcohol
7. Anticonvulsants
8. Pesticides
9. Stimulants and Street Drugs
10. Hormones and Hormone Antagonists[/column]

Categories Older Adults >= 65 years
1. Cardiovascular Drugs
2. Analgesics
3. Hormones and Hormone Antagonists
4. Cleaning Substances (Household)
5. Antidepressants
6. Sedative/Hypnotics/Antipsychotics
7. Cosmetics/Personal Care Products
8. Miscellaneous Drugs
9. Antimicrobials
10. Anticonvulsants

Categories Teens 13-19 years
1. Analgesics
2. Antidepressants
3. Antihistamines
4. Sedative/Hypnotics/Antipsychotics
5. Cold and Cough Preparations
6. Stimulants and Street Drugs
7. Cleaning Substances (Household)
8. Alcohols
9. Anticonvulsants
10. Cosmetics/Personal Care Products

Categories Children 6-12 years
1. Foreign Bodies/Toys/Miscellaneous
2. Plants
3. Cosmetics/Personal Care Products
4. Analgesics
5. Antihistamines
6. Vitamins
7. Cleaning Substances (Household)
8. Stimulants and Street Drugs
9. Cold and Cough Preparations
10. Cardiovascular Drugs

Categories Children 0-5 years
1. Cosmetics/Personal Care Products
2. Cleaning Substances (Household)
3. Analgesics
4. Foreign Bodies/Toys/Miscellaneous
5. Topical Preparations
6. Vitamins
7. Plants
8. Dietary Supplements/Herbals/Homeopathic
9. Antihistamines
10. Gastrointestinal Preparations

Substances ALL Ages
1. Ibuprofen
2. Beverage Alcohol
3. Non-Sedating Antihistamines
4. Benzodiazepine
5. Atypical Antipsychotic
6. Acetaminophen (adult formulation)
7. Household Bleach
8. Antibiotics, Systemic
9. Melatonin
10. Miscellaneous Foreign Bodies

Substances Adults >= 20 years
1. Beverage Alcohol
2. Benzodiazepine
3. Atypical Antipsychotic
4. Beta Blockers (Blood Pressure medication)
5. Acetaminophen (adult formulation)
6. Household Bleach
7. Non-Sedating Antihistamines
8. Gabapentin
9. Ibuprofen
10. Antibiotics, Systemic

Substances Older Adults >= 65 years
1. Beta Blockers (Blood Pressure medication)
2. Calcium Antagonist (Blood Pressure medication)
3. Medications to lower cholesterol 4. Other Miscellaneous Drugs
5. Antibiotics, Systemic
6. ACE inhibitor (Blood Pressure medication)
7. Spiriva
8. Acetaminophen (adult formulation)
9. Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (Blood Pressure medication)
10. Insulin

Substances Teens 13-19 years
1. Ibuprofen
2. Acetaminophen (adult formulation)
3. Sertraline
4. Non-Sedating Antihistamines
5. Fluoxetine
6. Beverage Alcohol
7. Atypical Antipsychotic
8. Benzodiazepine
9. Diphenhydramine
10. Naproxen

Substances Children 6-12 years
1. Glow Product
2. Non-Sedating Antihistamines
3. Children’s Vitamins without Iron
4. Unknown Nondrug Substances
5. Unknown Plants
6. Ibuprofen
7. Methylphenidate
8. Miscellaneous Foreign Body
9. Melatonin
10. Acetaminophen (pediatric formulation)

Substances Children 0-5 years
1. Ibuprofen
2. Diaper Care/Rash Product
3. Acetaminophen (pediatric formulation)
4. Melatonin
5. Cream/Lotion/Make-Up
6. Non-Sedating Antihistamines
7. Toothpaste with Fluoride
8. Miscellaneous Foreign Bodies
9. Hand Sanitizer with Alcohol
10. Children’s Vitamins without Iron