IDHW gives tips to help safeguard against poisoning
By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare officials are gearing up to educate the public about the dangers of accidental poisoning this week as part of National Poison Prevention week.
Accidental poisoning is the third leading cause of unintentional deaths among Idahoans, with children younger than five being most at risk. Accidental poisoning or exposure to harmful substances caused the deaths of 117 Idaho residents in 2011, according to IDHW officials. That same year the regional poison control center responded to 16,000 poisoning calls from Idaho residents.
“This week is National Poison Prevention week, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine, the Idaho Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Idaho Childcare centers will conduct education about the dangers of accidental poisonings and prevention strategies,” said Niki Forbing-Orr, public information officer with the department.
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