Leo and Rebecca recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Salvador Baeza with University Medical Center, El Paso. The topic? Together we want to bring awareness  about this week being poison prevention week. Let me tell you, as a mother of 3, I was not aware, or very well educated with all of the different things that could be considered poison.

In my own home! I mean we talked about everything in your medicine cabinet that toddlers or even teens can get their hands on that can very easily be considered  'poison,' depending on the dosage that is taken. Cleaning supplies in our cabinets and all the different things that we use to disinfect our homes, according to poisoncontrol.org

The Texas Poison Center Network (TPCN) has seen a 70% increase in calls related to cleaning products and disinfectants.

 

Also with summer right around the corner, we must keep in mind that snakes, bees, wasps and even scorpions will be visiting us West Texans once again and we must be prepared for their bites and stings. They can happen so fast.

According to the website poisoncontrol.org, 'if you think someone has been poisoned, call us at 1-800-222-1222 right away. Do not wait for the victim to look or feel sick. Do not try to treat the person yourself.'

This number is available to every single one of us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to keep us safe, keep us informed and give us the peace of mind that nurses, pharmacists and physicians are on hand to answer any questions or offer any help we may need in the event you fear you've been poisoned.

You may also text the word poison to 797979.

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