Information for the Public

Anyone can be a poison victim. In fact, poisoning is the #1 leading cause of injury death in Tennessee. Tennessee Poison Center (TPC) provides immediate first aid treatment advice for poison emergencies by calling the statewide Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222. We're available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TPC also provides information about poisons and poison prevention. Tennessee Poison Center 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 terrorism

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

TPC's services are available for the hearing impaired and for non-English speakers.