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State poison center a resource

September 25, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Poison Center reminds residents that, although it is available when someone is exposed to a poison such as medication, cleaning products, plants, insects and snakes, it also can be a resource during other disaster-related emergencies.

Poison center staff are available 24 hours, seven days a week to assist with information such as:

Potential carbon monoxide exposures following winter storms or mass power outages;

Exposures to cleaning products during mass clean-up efforts;

Concerns about potentially spoiled food;

Exposures to venomous creatures displaced from their usual habitats;

Exposures to hazardous chemicals or radiation following accidents or terrorist events; and

Safe medication use in inclement and unusual conditions.

The West Virginia Poison Center is part of the state's disaster response and communications system. The center partners with other state agencies to provide service to West Virginia citizens during emergencies.

Call the poison center at (800) 222-1222 or visit the website at www.wvpoisoncenter. org.

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