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Wyoming gets new poison center vendor

Aug 18, 2015 From staff reports

Services for state residents who have critical questions about potential poisoning incidents are continuing without interruption as a new vendor takes over services for Wyoming, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

The Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center began providing poison control hotline services for Wyoming under a contract with WDH on July 1. For several years previously, poison control had been provided by the Nebraska Regional Poison Center.

"If you or someone else you are with may have been poisoned, you can continue to call 1-800-222-1222 and should do so immediately," said Andy Gienapp, Office of Emergency Medical Services manager with WDH.

All calls are free and private and services are available 24/7.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, poisoning is the leading cause of unintentional death in the United States, with most deaths due to drug and medicine misuse and abuse.

In Wyoming, poisonings are the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related hospitalizations and the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths.

Gienapp said almost anything can be poisonous if used the wrong way, in the wrong amount, or by the wrong person or pet.

"Poison control center hotlines offer expert advice quickly on medicines, household products and chemicals, foods and beverages, cosmetics and personal care items, bites and stings, mushrooms and plants, and fumes and gases," he said.

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