Information for the Public

Anyone can be a poison victim at any time. In fact, poisoning is the #1 leading cause of injury death in Tennessee. By calling the statewide Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222, callers will receive immediate first aid treatment advice for poison emergencies. The TPC is available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The TPC also provides information about poisons and poison prevention. The TPC can help you with questions about:

  • Household products
  • Chemicals at work or in the environment
  • Drugs (prescription, over the counter, herbal and illegal)
  • Snake and spider bites
  • Chemical or biological terrorism

For life-saving treatment advice about any kind of poison, call 1-800-222-1222 first. A specialty trained registered nurse, pharmacist or physician will help. All calls are toll-free, fast and confidential.

The TPC's services also available in more than 150 languages for non-English speakers.