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Poison—Nothing to Play With

One of the great tragedies of contemporary America is that over half a million accidental child and adult poisonings occur annually. The majority of the child victims are between ages one and three and poisoning frequently results in permanent damage or even death to a child.

It is unfortunately true that poisoning can occur in even the best run and most safety conscious homes. The natural impulse is to act at once. But it should always be remembered the wrong treatment is often more dangerous than no treatment! It is, therefore, recommended you call your doctor and/or the Florida Poison Information Center at 1-800-222-1222 at once for the best advice.

Following are some poison prevention tips that will help make your home "poison resistant":

For poisoning emergencies and information, call the Florida Poison Information Center, located in Miami at the Jackson Memorial Medical Center. The Statewide toll free number is 1-800-222-1222. Emergency calls are answered by nurses, pharmacists and physicians who are nationally Certified Specialists in Poison Information.