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To reduce the morbidiry, mortality and costs associated with poisonings by educating the citizens of Texas to prevent poisonings and through proper response to telephone inquires when a poison emergency arises.
The North Texas Poison Center (NTPC), located at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, TX, is dedicated to providing comprehensive state-of-the-art toxicology information, treatment assistance, and education to the public and health professionals. In operation since November 1984, the NTPC has maintained certification from the American Association of Poison Control Centers since 1985. The NTPC is part of the Texas Poison Center Network (TPCN), which was established by the Texas Legislature in 1993 when they passed Senate Bill 773. This bill mandated that a network of six regional poison centers be established to provide emergency treatment information to the citizens of Texas for poisonings or toxic exposures. Our specially trained staff of 15 Registered Nurses and Pharmacists are uniquely qualified to provide poison information and treatment assistance 24 hours a day to approximately 7.7 million individuals in the designated 42-county region by dialing 1-800-222-1222. The total monthly call volume exceeds 7,500 calls on a regular basis.
The NTPC works closely with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center providing toxicology training to health care professionals. In addition, the TPCN education department has the responsibility for providing public education activities for teachers, students, and citizens. From July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010, they participated in 910 educational programs including presentations and community events, where nearly 814,000 educational materials including brochures, magnets, and stickers were distributed. Additional programs offered by the North Texas Poison Center yearly included the Poison Jungle Safari and Poison Center Open House during Poison Prevention Week, Medication Cleanout? events, Train-the-Trainer programs, and much more.
Visit www.poisoncontrol.org for general poison-related information including all kinds of tox topics and information about poisonous plants, and venomous critters. You can also contact us to schedule an educator to participate in an educational program or order materials. Make sure you check out our Kids’ Corner, where children can enjoy games and a virtual field trip.
On Facebook or Twitter? Become a fan or follow the North Texas Poison Center (NTxPoisonCenter) for additional poison information and safety tips, as well as our current program events.
For a poison emergency or information, call 1-800-222-1222.
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- Pam Manzo
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