Prescription Medicine Safety – Poison Prevention

Seymour says, “Household chemicals and over-the-counter medications can be deadly.  Be sure to check out these websites for tips and resources on how to keep the people you care about safe from poisoning.”


National Resources

Centers for Disease Control Tips to Prevent Poisonings

Safety tips for you, your family and friends to prevent poisonings.




OTC Safety for Parents

As parents, you’re in charge of your children’s health. This is a big responsibility, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one. Special attention should always be used when giving children any medicine.

American Association of Poison Control Centers

The American Association of Poison Control Centers supports the nation’s 57 poison centers in their efforts to prevent and treat poison exposures.  Poison centers offer free, confidential medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222. This service provides a primary resource for poisoning information and helps reduce costly emergency department visits through in-home treatment.


Local Resources

Carolinas Poison Center (En Espanol)

Free service available 24/7 – Private & Confidential


Operation Medicine Drop

Operation Medicine Drop is a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, the Riverkeepers of North Carolina, NC State Bureau of Investigation, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of North Carolina and local law enforcement agencies working together to encourage the public to safely dispose of unused and unwanted medication. By providing safe and secure ways for people to get rid of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications, Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while protecting our waters.


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