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Poisons can be anywhere—beware

What you, or your family, touch, taste, breathe, or swallow could be harmful!

Get help and information about poisonous and toxic substances from the California Poison Control System.

The California Poison Control System provides immediate, free, and expert treatment advice and referral over the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous or toxic substances. Pharmacists, nurses, and poison information providers answer the calls to 1-800-222-1222 and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Language interpreters are always available, just say the language you need when you call.

National Poison Prevention Week 2023

Celebrate National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW), a week dedicated to poison prevention, from March 19-25, 2023. Learn more about poison safety and celebratory events throughout California.


Spring Wild Mushroom Safety

Poisonous mushrooms that grow under oaks and are abundant in California can easily be mistaken for other edible mushrooms. Poisonous mushrooms typically look like most edible mushrooms and are not always brightly colored. Death due to eating wild mushrooms is uncommon but does occur. Learn how to identify and prevent exposure to wild mushrooms.