Prescription Medicine Safety – Poison Prevention

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

National Resources

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

To help stop prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands, the NC State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) helps sponsor prescription drug take-back events across the state. Safely disposing of old medications through Operation Medicine Drop events instead of flushing them down the drain prevents chemicals from ending up in the water supply. The SBI partners with Safe Kids North Carolina, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and local law enforcement to collect and safely destroy prescription drugs during Operation Medicine Drop.