It’s Poison Prevention Week!

You might not know it, but this is National Poison Prevention Week, and the Connecticut Poison Control Center at the UConn Health Centeri is  pushing to make sure people program their phones with the poison control center help line number:  1-800-222-1222.

The “Count Me In!” campaign hopes to raise awareness and remind the public that the Connecticut Poison Control Center provides free, confidential medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year.

Also in observance of Poison Prevention Week, centers around the country are focusing on a different “prevention theme” each day to raise awareness about poisoning dangers.

Today’s theme focuses on keeping medicine out of the hands of kids. More than 50 percent of  calls to poison centers involve children 6 and younger. Keep medicines and cleaning supplies locked up and out of reach. Also, the state poison control center suggests that you tell children what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them. Never call medicine “candy” to get them to take it.

Or you can show them this old chestnut, a classic from my youth that’s both creepy and instructive:

Sure, the graphics are primitive, but the message is timeless. And for more info on Posion Prevention Week, visit UConn’s ‘Count Me in’ page.

Amanda Cuda