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Welcome to the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Poison Prevention Website. Our mission is to educate those children most at risk for accidental poisonings. This website provides information that may help in educating children, parents, and teachers about poison safety.
According to the 2003 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers Toxic Exposure Surveillance System, out of the 2,395,582 human poison exposure cases in 2003, 1,245,702.6 (52%) of the cases involved children who were under the age of 6. The majority of these human exposure cases were unintentional. Therefore, education could play an important role in preventing poisonings especially in this age group.
The fatality rate in this age group has been decreasing. However, overall the percentage of exposures has increased from 2001 to 2002 by 0.4% in all age groups.
Most of the calls and sites of exposure (89.7%) in this report came from the individual's own residence. In addition, the most frequent substances that were involved in the exposures in children who were under the age of 6 were cosmetics, personal care products, cleaning substances, and analgesics (pain relievers). This indicates the importance of checking for hazards around your home and making sure substances are not accessible.
The 2003 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers Toxic Exposure Surveillance System can be found in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Volume 22, Number 5, September 2004.
About UB Poison Patrol
The Poison Prevention Patrol is organized by the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and WNY Poison Control Center. 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 to provide a 15-20 minute presentation about poison safety to pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade students. The children are also provided poison safety activity sheets, certificates, and information to take home to their parents. The presentations are conducted during the months around the National Poison Prevention Week. If you are a local Western New York elementary school teacher and interested in having the UB Poison Prevention Patrol visit your school, please contact the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (716-645-2823) for more information concerning the program and its application deadline.