percent of the potential poisoning exposures happen in the home.
There has been a change in the demographics of poisoning deaths. Although
children are still at risk, it is no longer only small children getting under
the kitchen sink. Now children ages 6 through 18 are 13 percent of the
exposure and 3 percent of the deaths. There is a rise in unintentional
poisoning by adults older than 19 years of age. They comprise 16 percent
of the exposures and 97 percent of the deaths. Adults older than 60
years of age represented 16 percent of poisoning fatalities reported to poison
A number of factors have contributed to this increase in lives saved:
most people think of poisoning as a childhood issue, adults are overwhelmingly
the cause for the recent increase in unintentional poisoning deaths.
In some states, overdoses have surpassed motor vehicle crash deaths to become
the leading cause of unintentional death.
1961 Proclamation by President Kennedy making the third week of March
National Poison Prevention Week
formation of the National Poison Prevention Week Council
awareness of the American Association of Poison Control Centers
Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970
All of these efforts and others contributed to a greater awareness and
abatement of the risks of poisoning for small children. However,
millions of people are still unintentionally poisoned every year.
More than 4.3 million calls were made to U.S. Poison Control Centers
in 2008, according to new data by the American Association of Poison Control
Centers. Of the calls made in 2008, 13 percent were related to
exposure to painkillers, 9 percent concerned cosmetics or personal care
products, and 8.6 percent were about household cleaning products. Children
younger than 6 were involved in about half of all poison exposure calls.
Below you will find links to many
different types of poisons and some tips of prevention:
Common Household Chemicals
Types Of Poisons In The Home
Pesticides In The Home
Preventing Hazardous Chemical Poisonings
Disposing of Hazardous Products
Risk Factors In Overdosing on Medications
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning