NATIONAL POISON PREVENTION WEEK 2023
Every third week in March we celebrate and observe National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW). Established in 1961 by Congress, National Poison Prevention Week was originated to raise awareness of poison prevention and safety.
In 2021, Poison Help responded to more than 2 million human exposure cases; on average, receiving an exposure case every 15 seconds. Some of the leading exposure substance categories included cleaning supplies and cosmetic/personal care products - all of which are common household items.
“My son drank a mouthful of all-purpose cleaner while I was cleaning the house. My only thought was to call Poison Help! I even got a follow-up call from them, which made me feel like they really cared.” - A testimonial from a Poison Help caller. Now she keeps her cleaning products safely stored away from her little one!
Unfortunately, 3,809 poison-related deaths were reported in 2021. This number serves as an important reminder that while poison exposures and accidents do occur, they can also be prevented with education and awareness.
NPPW 2023 is March 19-25, 2023. Please check back as we will continue to add resources and educational events you can join during National Poison Prevention Week.
Click on the headers below for links to the downloadable resources. The partner toolkit is available here for individuals and organizations to promote poison prevention in their communities. All of the Spanish versions of the graphics below are available here.