Burr, Murray Poison Control Center Bill Becomes Law

President Bush signs legislation that reauthorizes poison control center national toll-free number

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) applauded President Bush's signing of S. 2932, The Poison Center Support, Enhancement, and Awareness Act of 2008, into law. This law, which Senator Burr sponsored with Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington), extends the authorization for the Poison Control Center grant program, the poison center national toll-free number, and nation-wide media campaign programs related to poison control.

"I am pleased that the president has signed this important bill into law," Burr said. "North Carolinians will now continue to benefit from the expert assistance provided by emergency resources like the Carolinas Poison Center, and all Americans can continue to rely on poison centers when they are in need."

"Poison centers are a lifeline for anxious parents in an emergency," Senator Murray said. "I'm very pleased that the President has signed this bill into law so that we can ensure that millions of Americans will still be able to rely on this vital resource."

The poison center national toll-free number, nation-wide media campaign, and state grant program provide assistance for the national network of poison control centers, which monitor and detect public health emergencies. Currently, there are 61 poison control centers (PCCs) nationwide including the Carolinas Poison Center in North Carolina. These centers facilitate emergency telephone services that are operated 24 hours a day by specialists including registered nurses and pharmacists who are available to provide quick advice and treatment for victims of poisoning. Assistance is also provided for healthcare professionals. In North Carolina, Carolinas Poisons Center facilitates community outreach and school programs to help spread awareness of the dangers of unintentional poisoning and provide educational materials for students and kids.

The toll-free nationwide poison control hotline number is 1-800-222-1222.