American Association of Poison Control Centers
The 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).
AAPCC accredits 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.