What to Do if You Have Been Exposed to a Toxin or Poison
If you or someone you know has been exposed to a poison or toxin, you can call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 or use PoisonHelp.org to get immediate assistance. Users and callers can share details about an exposure and get information about the best next steps to manage the situation.
When you use PoisonHelp.org or call the Poison Help line, you may be asked the following questions to help identify the best next steps:
- What substances you think the person may have swallowed, inhaled or touched
- How long it has been since the exposure
- How much was taken (if you know)
- If the person is experiencing any symptoms
- Age of individual
- Any medical conditions that may impact a person's risk of severe side effects
If an individual has collapsed, had a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can’t be awakened, call 911 immediately.
PoisonHelp.org is a product of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the nation’s poison and drug information experts. This site is designed to provide fast and useful information on how to manage exposures to potentially toxic products, poisons, and medications.
About the Poison Help Line
Calls to the Poison Help line are answered by teams of nurses, pharmacists and doctors with special training in toxicology and how to manage poisonings. They are available any time to help answer your questions and to recommend the best next steps if someone has been exposed to a potentially toxic product, poison, or medication.
These services are free, confidential, and available 24/7.