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Poison Center

Carolinas Poison Center, a department of Carolinas Medical Center, is the designated Statewide Poison Center for North Carolina. The Poison Center is certified as a Regional Poison Control Center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).

Carolinas Poison Center's web site has information about toxins, drugs, common household products, venomous creatures and other toxic hazards. Educational materials can be downloaded and printed, and healthcare providers can also order materials.

In case of a poisoning emergency, call 800-222-1222, or in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County call 704-355-4000.

Quick Facts:

  • It takes a 3-year-old child less than three minutes to open a bottle with a "child safety cap."
  • A poinsettia is NOT considered a toxic plant. A 50-pound child would have to eat more than 600 leaves to reach a toxic level.
  • 10% of all poisonings involving children under 3 years of age involve poisonous plants.
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