Poison Prevention

Facts On Poison Exposures:

  • On average, poison centers handle one poison exposure every 13 seconds.
  • Most poisonings involve everyday household items such as cleaning supplies, medicines, cosmetics and personal care items.
  • Seventy-seven percent (77%) of poison exposures involve an ingestion of a poisonous substance. Other causes include breathing in poison gas, getting foreign substances in the eyes or on the skin, and bites or stings.

Children and Poison:

  • Over 51 percent of poison exposure calls to the Oregon Poison Center occurred in children under the age of six in 2013.
  • Although children under the age of five are the most likely to be exposed to poison, they represent just over two percent of poison fatalities.

Teens and Poison:

  • In children between the ages of 13 and 19, the majority of poison exposures (61%) involve girls.
  • In children under 13, the reverse is true. Over 53 percent of these exposures involve boys.
  • 62 % of adolescent exposures were intentional such as suicide or drug abuse.