Poison Prevention Week is March 17-23

Mauro Labastida, a fifth grade student at Jubilee Livingway Academy in Brownsville, was the first place winner in the South Texas Poison Center's 2019 poster contest.

National Poison Prevention Week is March 17-23. The goal of the week is to raise awareness of the risk of being poisoned by household products, medicines, pesticides, plants, bites and stings, food poisoning, and fumes.

For 24 years, the South Texas Poison Center at UT Health San Antonio has taken calls from frantic parents and grandparents as well as concerned health care professionals on a variety of poisoning exposures.

Physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and pharmacists all work the phones as experienced poison specialists at the South Texas Poison Center.

The Poison Center hotline is 800-222-1222.

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