Background and Operations
- The California Poison Control System (CPCS) is the statewide provider
of immediate, free and expert treatment advice and assistance over
the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous, hazardous or toxic
substances. The CPCS is accessible to consumers and medical professionals,
toll-free, 24/7, 365 days a year.
- Created in 1997, the CPCS consolidated operations, established
collective treatment guidelines, instituted common management practices,
and brought financial stability to a previously fragmented, unaffiliated
collection of regional poison centers with operations dating back
to the 1950’s.
- Since 1997, the CPCS has managed nearly 1,800,000 cases.
- Creation of the CPCS resulted in a net decrease of cost for poison
control services in California. The CPCS is administered by the University
of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy and responsible to
the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA).
- Operates under one administration and medical advisory panel with
sites at U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, San Francisco General
Hospital in San Francisco, Central California Children’s Hospital
in Fresno/Madera, and U.C. San Diego Medical Center in San Diego.
- The CPCS is certified by the American Association of Poison Control
Poison Control System
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Under no circumstance is this web site meant to replace the expert advice
of a qualified poison specialist or physician. In the event of a poison
emergency, call the nearest poison center immediately by
dialing 1-800-222-1222 or contact 9-1-1 emergency services.