Background and Operations

  • The California Poison Control System (CPCS) is the statewide provider of immediate, free and expert treatment advice and assistance over the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous, hazardous or toxic substances. The CPCS is accessible to consumers and medical professionals, toll-free, 24/7, 365 days a year.

  • Created in 1997, the CPCS consolidated operations, established collective treatment guidelines, instituted common management practices, and brought financial stability to a previously fragmented, unaffiliated collection of regional poison centers with operations dating back to the 1950’s.

  • Since 1997, the CPCS has managed nearly 1,800,000 cases.

  • Creation of the CPCS resulted in a net decrease of cost for poison control services in California. The CPCS is administered by the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy and responsible to the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA).

  • Operates under one administration and medical advisory panel with sites at U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, San Francisco General Hospital in San Francisco, Central California Children’s Hospital in Fresno/Madera, and U.C. San Diego Medical Center in San Diego.

  • The CPCS is certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers


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