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Protect people – practice poison prevention

Poisoning happens more often than you think.

That's why North Dakota Health professionals encourage you to practice poison prevention.

They encourage people to protect themselves.

Injury Prevention Program director Mandy Slag says that older adults should be aware of the poisoning risks associated with taking prescription drugs.

She also notes that children are often poisoned by painkillers, cosmetics and personal care items. And preteens by spoiled food, prescribed medication and more.

It can happen to anyone at any age, but there are ways to prevent your chances of poisoning.

"Keep medicines out of sight, especially for younger children and keep them locked," says Slag. "People can also leave products such as medication and household cleaning products, such as bleach, in the original containers."

In 2018, there were more than 5,369 poison exposure calls in North Dakota in North Dakota, and those calls came from people exposed to a potentially harmful substance.

The national help number for poison is 1-800-222-1222.

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