Tennessee Poison Center
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615-936-0760
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3319 West End Avenue Suite 460
Nashville, TN 37203
Organization Details

Programs

Budget
$2,581,532.00
Description
The Poison Help hotline, 1-800-222-1222, is a toll-free medical hotline for the public and healthcare professionals available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Poison specialists provide treatment advice or referrals in the event of a poison emergency. More than 150 languages available.
Beneficiaries
General Public/Unspecified
Program Areas Served
95 TN Counties
Description
Anyone can be a poison victim. Education is the key to poison prevention. The TPC provides free poison prevention programs and literature distribution statewide. The free programs and literature teach how to identify a poison, how to avoid becoming a poison victim, and how to properly respond in a poison emergency. The TPC does not receive funding solely for poison prevention education programs.
Beneficiaries
General Public/Unspecified
Program Areas Served
95 TN Counties
Description
The Tennessee Poison Center is the only organization in Tennessee that provides statewide surveillance for chemical or biological terrorism. Every nine minutes, symptom data from the TPC is sent to Washington, D.C. to detect any unusual activity of specific symptoms.
Beneficiaries
General Public/Unspecified
Program Areas Served
95 TN Counties

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Poisoning continues to be the leading cause of injury death for Tennessee residents, surpassing motor vehicle accidents, gunshot wounds and drownings. Everyone, from infants to older adults, is at risk for accidental poisoning. Physicians, hospitals, public health departments, first responders and the public depend on Tennessee Poison Center to provide state-of-the-art emergency advice and treatment information 24-hours-a-day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. As demand for poison control service continues, maintenance of funding is crucial to support this vital community service. The TPC is a valuable community resource that is essential to the health and safety of every Tennessee resident.