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American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) represents the nation’s
fifty-five poison control centers (PCCs), which provide free, confidential,
expert, medical information and treatment advice, 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week, through the national Poison Help line—1-800-222-1222. Calls are
handled primarily by certified specialists in poison information (e.g.,
specially trained nurses, toxicologists, pharmacists, and physicians). In
2013, U.S. poison control centers answered more than 3.1 million calls (almost
9,000 per day).
PCCs, certifies specialists in poison information, coordinates national-level
poison education and prevention programs and collaborations, coordinates
national meetings among poison center directors, toxicologists, educators, and
information specialists, provides advocacy
support on issues relevant to poison control, and operates the National Poison Data
System (with data uploaded every 8 minutes, it has 60 million case records, product-specific data about more 400,000
products, and can initially detect and
track poison exposure outbreaks).
AAPCC is a non-profit organization located in the
bustling heart of Old Town in Alexandria, VA.