Emergency phones for poisons (chemicals) worldwide and what to do including poisoning to animals.

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Poisoning: Emergency Phones and Links What To Do, How To Help Worldwide


Poisoning Page Index
  • All Poisons - worldwide emergency phone numbers
  • Animals - Foods, chemicals and plants posionous to animals. Phone help for poisoned animals(U.S.)
  • For Professionals - The Internatinal Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS) ILO, UNEP, WHO dataBank, management software, forum, information exchange

  • Do not attempt to throw up. If you wish to know why, read further.

  • Instead, call the Poison Control Center for your country and ask their advice. Gives numbers in 70+ countries which are prepared to give advice on all types of poisoning. World Health Organization.

  • If you still intend to try to do something yourself, How To Induce Vomiting covers all the points of what to do and not to do. By WikiHow. Article is good except for references to ipecac.

    Reasons for not using ipecac: Current guidelines American Academy of Pediatrics, and many toxicological associations.
    "Pediatricians once recommended Ipecac be kept in the home as a ready emetic for use in cases of accidental poisoning.[1] Current guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, however, strongly advise against this and in fact recommend the disposal of any syrup of Ipecac present in the home.[2] Many toxicological associations have also issued position papers recommending against its use as a first-line treatment for most ingested poisons.[3]

    There has been no evidence that syrup of Ipecac actually helps improve the outcome in cases of poisoning. Administering syrup of Ipecac can delay administering more effective treatments, such as activated charcoal and/or antidotes. The effects of the Ipecac itself can be mistaken for the effects of the poisoning. Accidental overdose of Ipecac can result when administered in the home.[4] A 2005 review by an HRSA-funded scientific panel concluded that vomiting alone does not reliably remove poisons from the stomach. The study suggested that indications for use of Ipecac syrup were rare and patients should be treated by more effective and safer means. Additionally, Ipecacís potential side effects, such as lethargy, can be confused with the poisonís effects, complicating diagnosis. Ipecac may also delay the administration or reduce the effectiveness of other treatments such as activated charcoal, whole bowel irrigation, or oral antidotes.[5]"
    Source and for references, see Wikipedia on Syrup of ipecac
  • Some Poison Information Centres (Australia-wide) 131126 wch.sa.gov.au
    Canada (phone)
    Canadian Poison Control Centres

    Phones and Addresses for Provinces NAPRA.org
    Also see WHO (World Health Organization Yellow Tox lists)
    Malaysia and other countries in area
  • IPCS directory of poison centres: Western Pacific Region
  • PRN(Pusat Racun Negara) National Poison Centre
    Last time checked, Pusat Racun Negara was not available on-line
    Poisoning and Emergency 1-800-88-8099 and 04-6570099 prn.usm.my emergency
    All resources IDPIS Universiti Sains Malaysia Integrated Drug and Poison Information Services
    South Africa
  • For phones to poison and drug information centers throughout South Africa and drug profiles: MAJOR POISON AND DRUG INFORMATION CENTRES uct.ac.za
  • Also see World Directory of Poison Centres For many counties in Africa
    Southeast Asia - India Indonesia Nepal SriLanka Thailand
    IPCS directory of poison centres: South-East Asia Region Poison Centers for India Indonesia, SriLanka, Nepal, Thailand See also Southeast Asia WHO (World Health Organization Yellow Tox lists)
    United States
  • AAPCC (American Association of Poison Control Centers) National hotline poison emergency
    Links 69 poison control centers in U.S. Treatment and advice for all types of poison emergency. Residents nationwide will be automatically connected to specially trained poison specialists at the closest local poison facility.
    Poison First Aid Tips
    Find your local poison center
    Preventing Poisoning At Home Gives information on:
    FAQ, Child Tips, Teen Tips, Adult Tips, Poison Proof Your Home, Prevent CO Poisoning


  • Poison Control Centers in most countries might be capable of helping.
    May not be staffed with licensed veterinarians and board-certified veterinary toxicologists.
    May be able to direct you to an alternative source within the country. Gives numbers in 70+ countries which are prepared to give advice on all types of poisoning. World Health Organization.

  • Veterinarians worldwide There are also extensive U.S. listings. Provided by VetWorld.com

  • Preparation and emergency first aid Action Against Poisoning.com's suggested emergency preparation and first aid treatment for cats and dogs

    United States
  • Emergency National Poison Center Calling this number will automatically transfer you to the poison control center in your area. Emergency Poison Center Telephone: +1 800 222 1222
    May not be staffed with licensed veterinarians or board-certified veterinary toxicologists. This is general poisoning and not specifically for animals. They may be able to help or direct you.
    For immediate veterinary help for poisoning of animals, see next references below.

  • ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center of the ASPCA
    888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435) (A $65 fee may be charged for consultation)
    Site gives online FAQs and what to do:
    Pet Poison Tips: All You Need To Know (online FAQs)
    What To Do If Your Pet Is Poisoned
    Substances - poisonous or not
    Web page includes list of poisonous and non-poisonous plants - many with pictures

  • NAPCC (National Animal Poison Control Center)
    1-900-680-0000 ($20.00 charged to phone for the first five minutes, then $2.95/minute)
    1-800-548-2423 ($30.00 charged to credit cards VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express only) with followups free in critical cases and consultation with your vet.
    Located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the National Animal Poison Control Center (NAPPC) is a non-profit service of the University of Illinois. It is the first animal-oriented poison center in the United States. Since 1978, it has provided advice to animal owners and conferred with veterinarians about poisoning exposures. The NAPCC's phones are answered by licensed veterinarians and board-certified veterinary toxicologists.

  • Pet Poison Helpline
    800-213-6680 ($35 credit card charge) consultation fee and follow up with case. Serves U.S. and Canada.
    Treatment advice for all varieties of pets. Not only do we manage canine and feline poisonings, we also assist in the treatment of avian, small mammals, large animal and exotic species (on a per incident fee basis).

  • Angell Poison Control Hotline
    Call the Angell Animal Poison Control Hotline at 1-877-2ANGELL. 24 hours a day Ö Veterinary help is just a phone call away! $55 consultation fee.

    Canada and United States
  • Pet Poison Helpline
    800-213-6680 ($35 credit card charge) consultation fee and follow up with case. Serves U.S. and Canada.
    Treatment advice for all varieties of pets. Not only do we manage canine and feline poisonings, we also assist in the treatment of avian, small mammals, large animal and exotic species (on a per incident fee basis).

    Plants toxic to animals, listings of poisons and treatment to top

  • Human foods that poison pets
  • Plants Toxic to Animals Veterinary Medicine Librarian University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Veterinary toxicology - VetGate
    Search for the word poison
  • Clinical Veterinary Toxicology Very helpful. On the LEFT, see alphabet for list of most poisons and their treatment. Also provides cross index, glossery and search.
    For general treatment of poisoning, see the link from home page 'General Treatment of Poisoning'.
  • ASPCA List of Toxic Plants - many with photos
    Also gives:
    17 Common Poisonous Plants
    Toxic Plants
    Toxic Plants: Horses
    Nontoxic Plants
    Nontoxic Flowers and Bouquets
  • Listing of plants poisonous to birds hosted by Birds n Ways


  • IPCS INTOX The Internatinaal Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS) ILO, UNEP, WHO - "IPCS INTOX is an essential tool for poison centres and related units concerned with preventing, recording, evaluation, diagnosing, treating and reporting on chemical emergencies."

    For more information about the IPCS INTOX Programme, news, current events, and the Global Directory of Poisons Centres Please click here

    When a poison centre or a related unit needs information to help identify a poison and its toxicity, to determine the likely clinical effects and the most appropriate patient management, the IPCS INTOX Databank can rapidly retrieve and present the essential information. IPCS INTOX Databank

    IPCS INTOX management software enables centres to record data systematically and respond quickly to emergency inquiries about poisons, determine the likely clinical effects and the most appropriate patient management. IPCS INTOX System Updates

    The IPCS INTOX Programme provides a forum for collaboration between experts and those responding to emergencies concerning toxic exposures.

    Being part of this expanding global network is an important benefit for its participants. IPCS INTOX Information Exchange

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