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Poisonings span a lifetime. Poison prevention is for everyone, from children to seniors and everyone in between.

The Northern New England Poison Center wants to share some medication safety tips for National Poison Prevention Week, March 16 to March 22, to keep you and your family safe:

  1. Program the Poison Help Line in your phone 1-800-222-1222.
  2. Keep all medicines up high where children can’t see or reach them.
  3. Read the label on medicine every time and follow the directions.
  4. Never “borrow” a friend’s medicine or take old medicine.
  5. Always contact your doctor or pharmacist before you take an herbal product, as they can interact with your prescribed medicine.
  6. Always turn on the light and put on your glasses when giving or taking medicine.
  7. Questions? Not sure if it’s an emergency? When in doubt, check it out. Call the Northern New England Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 or visit for a live chat with the experts!

Gayle Finkelstein is Vermont Poison Prevention Educator with the Northern New England Poison Center in Community Health Improvement at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

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