A single toll-free 800 number is available to all areas of California. By calling 1-800-222-1222 anywhere in California, you can obtain emergency information on:
California Poison Control System
Calls are handled quickly, accurately, professionally and free-of-charge all over the state 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Swallowing poison
- Eye or skin irritation from toxic substances
- Inhalation of noxious fumes or vapors
- Animal, insect, snake and spider bites
- Food or mushroom poisoning
- Drug reactions
- Attempted suicides or drug overdoses
For decades, there have been many poison centers in California, each with its own phone number
and individual way of providing service for a small area.
In 1997, a new system for providing uniform
poison services for the entire state was developed.
The University of California San Francisco, School of
Pharmacy - Department of Clinical Pharmacy provides administrative services for the
California Poison Control System (CPCS). The CPCS
combined the services of four existing poison centers:
Trained health care professionals, who have many
years of valuable experience handling poison cases, staff
all answering sites. The sites use identical telephones,
computers, computer programs and databases, recording
systems and automatic call distribution systems. They
use uniform protocols and guidelines and have identical
health education materials. The result is uniform quality
poison information for the entire state.
We have five toll free help lines
Public Hotline, Medical Consultation Line, 9-1-1, Speech and Hearing Impaired TTY Line, and Public Education Line.
And many special services
24-hour interpreter service for over 100 languages, HazMat, Public Health and Pesticide Surveillance, Company Contracts, and more.
Poison Control System
1-800-222-1222. . Anytime, Anyplace in
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Disclaimer: This web site is designed to be informational and educational.
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.