Poisoning is the #1 cause of injury-related death in the U.S. according to the National Poison Prevention Committee. That said, it’s no surprise that there is a national health week focused on the issue. This week our mission is to raise awareness around poisoning in an effort to educate each other and decrease this disheartening statistic as a community.
Here are answers to the most commonly asked questions, what you should know about this national health week, and resources to help you and your loved ones learn more.
What is Poison Prevention Week?
National Poison Prevention Week was established in the early 60s in an effort to prevent unintentional poisonings and to raise awareness around the issue. Congress declared this week to be held during the 3rd full week of March. Since then, its council has advocated this week by holding events, offering educational materials, and putting this issue in the spotlight.
What should I know?
The more we can do to create a dialogue around this issue within our own community, the better. Awareness is the first step. From there, we’re able to take a look at our surroundings (and our neighbor’s) and identify any areas of concern. Education allows us to take action - action that can either directly prevent poisoning, or indirectly by educating those around us.
What should I do?
Learn about ways to keep you and your family safe by visiting http://poisonprevention.org/ by The National Poison Prevention Council and https://poisonhelp.hrsa.gov/index.html by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). There you’ll find educational resources, information about what to do in a poison emergency, and learn about events you can participate in to help raise awareness.