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Colorado Poison Center / 2023 Totals

(updated 2/20/2024)


Total Exposure Cases


Healthcare Costs Saved


Exposures Managed at Home


Exposures Involving Kids Under 6

Initial First Aid Following A Poisoning

Then Call 1-800-222-1222


Medicines: Do not give anything by mouth until you call the Poison Center. Non-medicines: If patient is conscious and can swallow, give a small amount of water.

On My Skin

Remove contaminated clothing and flood skin with water for 10 minutes.

In My Eyes

Rinse eyes with lukewarm water for 15-20 minutes.


Immediately get the person to fresh air. Avoid breathing fumes.

Additional Information

Insect Bites

Remove stinger when applicable. Do not cut and try to extract venom. Call Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. If patient develops breathing problems or rash, call 911

Snake Bites

Remove any jewelry. Do not cut and try to extract venom. Do not use ice, heat, or tourniquet. If bite is on an upper extremity (hand, arm), keep limb at/or slightly below heart level. Do not try to capture the snake. Call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for instructions, then go to the nearest hospital

Household Cleaners

Do not induce vomiting. Wash off area around mouth. Do not force fluids (a sip of water only is OK) or attempt to ‘neutralize’. Call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 right away. If patient develops breathing problems, call 911

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