Next week is Pet Poison Prevention Week. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) will unite with the nation’s 55 poison centers to celebrate the 55th Annual National Pet Poison Prevention Week (NPPW), March 19-25, 2017, a week dedicated to raising awareness about poisoning in the U.S. and highlighting specific ways to prevent it.
“From medication mishaps to poisonous outdoor exposures, poisonings can happen anywhere, at any time, and to anyone,” said Stephen T. Kaminski, JD, AAPCC CEO and Executive Director. “During National Poisoning Prevention Week, poison centers want to remind the public that while poisoning is the leading cause of injury death in the United States, many poisonings are preventable, and expert help is always just a phone call away.”
AAPCC also proudly participates in the National Poisoning Prevention Council, a group of representatives from a diverse array of stakeholder organizations and the official sponsor of NPPW. The Council has established the following overarching themes of National Poison Prevention Week: Children Act Fast; So Do Poisons and Poisonings Span a Lifetime.
While most poisoning deaths are due to the misuse and abuse of licit and illicit drugs, poison exposures can involve a vast array of substances and occur in many ways. In 2015, around 57 percent of all exposure cases involved pharmaceuticals. Other exposures were to household products, plants, mushrooms, pesticides, animal bites and stings, carbon monoxide, and many other types of non-pharmaceutical substances. Ingestion was the route of exposure in almost 84 percent of the cases in 2015. However, people were also exposed to potentially dangerous substances through the lungs, skin, eyes, and other routes.
For additional information on National Poison Prevention Week, along with poison prevention tips and resources, visit AAPCC’s National Poison Prevention Week webpage at: http://www.aapcc.org/prevention/nppw/.