When You Call

Call the Poison Help hotline FIRST for any type of poison emergency or if you have a poisoning question. The free statewide number is 1-800-222-1222. We advise you to program the number in your cell phone so it will be readily available.

Our service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Qualified medical professionals, who are nurses, pharmacists and physicians, will answer your call. Also, our service is available for people with hearing impairment and for non-English speakers.

Please have the following information ready when you call the Poison Help hotline:

  • Your contact number
  • The age and approximate weight of the poisoned person
  • The substance(s) involved
  • The approximate amount of the substance consumed
  • The time the exposure occurred
  • How the exposure occurred
  • Any symptoms the poison victim is experiencing
  • Any treatment begun before calling Poison Help

Poisonings can happen to anyone. Save 1-800-222-1222 to your cell phone so you'll have it in case of a poison emergency.