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Emergency Poisoning

Anyone who suspects they or someone else may have been poisoned should call 1-800-222-1222 (American Association of Poison Control Centers > Carolinas Poison Center) to speak to a local expert.

Be prepared to give the Specialist the following information:

  • Patient's Age
  • Patient's Weight
  • Patient's Medical History
  • Type of Exposure
  • Time of Exposure
  • Symptoms
  • Product Information - have container available.
  • Telephone Number

Charlotte and Mecklenburg County residents may also call their local emergency line at 704-355-4000.

Non-emergency information may be obtained by calling the business line between 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST at 704-512-3795.

A poison is any substance that is harmful to your body when ingested (eaten), inhaled (breathed), injected, or absorbed through the skin. Any substance can be poisonous if enough is taken. This definition does not include adverse reactions to medications taken correctly.

See also: Unintentional Prescription Drug Poisoning

Poisoning Prevention Tips

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