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Poison Control/Overdose

Maryland Poison Center
410-528-7530 (TDD)

Preventing Poisonings

Read the label on each household item or drug THREE TIMES:

  1. BEFORE YOU BUY IT– so you will know what the dangers are.
  2. BEFORE YOU USE IT– so you will use it safely as directed.
  3. BEFORE YOU STORE IT– so you can put it away out of reach of children and pets.

Additional Prevention Tips:

  • Never call medicine candy
  • Never mix medicine and alcohol
  • Avoid taking medicines in front of children
  • Never use food containers to store household products
  • Always ask for medications in child resistant containers and use them properly


Poison on the Skin

Remove contaminated clothing and flood skin with water for 10 minutes. Then wash gently with soap and water and rinse.

Poison in the Eye

Flood the eye with lukewarm (not hot) water poured from a large glass 2-3 inches from the eye. Repeat for 15 minutes. Have patient blink as much as possible while flooding the eye. Do not force the eyelid open.

Inhaled Poison

Immediately get the person to fresh air. Avoid breathing fumes. Open doors and windows wide. If victim is not breathing, start artificial respiration (the breathing portion of CPR).

Swallowed Poison

Remove any remaining "poison" from the mouth.


Do not give anything by mouth until you call for advice.

Chemical or Household Products

Unless patient is unconscious, having convulsions, or cannot swallow, give milk or water immediately. Then call for professional advice about whether you should make the patient vomit.




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