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California Poison Control System

California’s fast, free, and confidential telehealth provider for poison information, advice, and treatment rec­ommendations. Our experts are available to serve you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year.
Call our toll-free Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 for poison-related questions or help to receive:

  • Treatment advice from expert pharmacists, nurses, poison information providers and physician specialists in poisoning care.
  • Free, non-judgmental, and confidential service.
  • Translation services available in over 200 languages.
  • Treatment advice for medical personnel through a designated phone number.

California Poison Control System is designated and accredited by Americas Poison Centers, which includes 55 poison centers across North America.

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.


Candy or Medicine?

Candy and medicine can look, smell, and taste alike. Test your knowledge on how to identify candy or medicine.

Las medicinas y los dulces pueden parecer, oler, y saber igual. Un cuestionario educativo en el que identificas los dulces de la medicina.