To educate children who are most at risk for accidental poisonings. This website provides information that is designed to aid in educating children, parents and teachers about poison safety.
In March 2016, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a report stating:
“About 87,400 children under five years old visited U.S. hospital emergency rooms due to unintentional poisonings in 2014 – about one every seven minutes, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported today. Approximately 76% of these poisonings occurred while in the home.”
In this program, groups of professional students who are enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum at the University at Buffalo visit local elementary schools and daycare centers to provide a 15-20 minute presentation about poison safety to pre-K, kindergarten and first grade students. The children are also provided with poison safety activity sheets, certificates, and information to take home to their parents.
The presentations are conducted during the weeks around the National Poison Prevention Week. Along with teaching about poison safety, this program also provides our pharmacy students with an opportunity to be involved in the community and to introduce children to a valuable and accessible health resource.
If you are a local Western New York elementary school teacher and are interested in having the UB Poison Prevention Patrol visit your school, please contact the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at 716-645-4798 for more information concerning the program and its application deadline.