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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.


Summer Rattlesnake Safety

Rattlesnakes are commonly found on hiking trails and in rural areas throughout California. The California Poison Control System receives hundreds of rattlesnake exposure calls every year, especially during the months of April to October—when the weather is warm, and people head outdoors. Learn how to identify and prevent poison exposure from rattlesnake bites.