The Internet is great for gathering information, especially if you are embarrassed about a situation and want to keep your questions private. But some information found on the Internet may not be reliable. It is often times difficult to sort through all the information that is provided especially in an emergency. Valuable time can be lost putting the person in a life-threatening situation.
In April 2012 the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) and experts at America’s 57 poison centers around the country launched the Unquestionable Answers e-poster campaign. The campaign uses various social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter that feature questions that really should be answered by doctors, nurses, and pharmacists at poison centers. The main goal of the campaign is to encourage young people to call their local poison center when they have a poison emergency or questions about potential poisonings. The theme is “Stop searching; just call.” Poison centers provide immediate, expert advice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week that is confidential and free.
Here’s what you can do: Talk to your child about the medicines they need to take or those they may need to take on occasion. Provide them with the Poison Center Hotline (1-800-222-1222). Talk to them about what to do if a medicine mistake is made or a potential poisoning. Encourage your child to seek medical attention (student health center or local hospital emergency room) if advised by a Poison Center or if they have any concerns about their safety.