by Tim Church
FORSYTH, Mo. – The Taney County Health is recognizing National Poison Prevention Week this week.
March 20th to the 26th was designated as National Poison Prevention Week by Congress in 1961, to raise awareness about the burden of poisoning in the U-S and to highlight specific ways to prevent it.
Just a few of the ways to stay safe from the dangers of poisoning are to read all of the labels and follow exact directions when giving kids medicine, safely dispose of unused medications and potential poisons, and keep all household cleaners, medicines, and other potential poisons out of reach and secured in a safe place.
According to the Center for Disease Control, poisoning is the leading cause of injury death in the U-S. In 2013 alone, Taney County recorded 98 poisonings requiring a trip to the emergency department. Of those 98, 18 were children younger than 15-year-old.