Texas’ 24/7 helplines are staffed by specially-trained physicians, nurses and pharmacists. By providing treatment advice over the phone, poison center experts safely managed 87% of the calls from the public entirely at home without ever having to visit a hospital or doctor’s office.
Public health educators with the NTPC conduct health fairs, lectures and share poison prevention educational materials at no cost, to groups across 42 counties in the Northeast Texas region. Additional programs offered by the North Texas Poison Center include the Poison Jungle Safari, National Poison Prevention Week Poster & Video Contests, Train-the-Trainer programs, and much more.
Services that NTPC provides:
Drug Identification (primarily for health care providers and law enforcement agents)
Drug Information (adverse effects, calculations, generic/brand name, dosage, contraindications, drug interactions, medication disposal, etc…)
Environmental Information (carbon monoxide, general questions about contamination of soil/air, lead, mercury, mercury thermometer cleanup, radiation, etc…)
Medical Information (general poison-related first aid, medical toxicology terminology, sunburn management recommendations, etc…)
Occupational Information (chemicals in the workplace, guidelines, MSDS interpretation, safety guidelines)
Poison Information (toxicology, cancer-related, food poisoning, food preparation/handling practices, pregnancy/breastfeeding exposure concerns, plant toxicity, safe use of household products)
Prevention/Safety Information (poison safety and prevention questions, educational presentations for the public and healthcare professionals, media consultations, educational materials, pharmaceutical disposal information, etc…)
Teratogenicity Information (questions related to exposure of medications, chemicals, or illnesses during pregnancy or postpartum while breastfeeding)