Florida Poison Information Center Miami
Poison Control Center
Florida Poison Information Center – Miami, located at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, provides free, confidential advice for any poisoning via the nationwide 1-800-222-1222 Poison Help® line. In an average year, the poison control center at UM assists South Florida callers with over 40,000 poisonings. Within minutes, poison specialists advise callers if treatment should be carried out at a hospital or at home. Over 80% of accidental poisonings reported to the poison center can be safely and effectively treated at home, saving both time and money. In the event of a serious poisoning, a call to the poison control center can save a life.
Poison control centers help manage poisonings of all types, including those involving:
• Prescription & over-the-counter (OTC) medicine
• Household & personal products
• Pesticides & chemicals
• Plants and mushrooms
• Bites & stings from insects, spiders, or marine life
• Herbal & dietary supplements
• Food poisoning
• Substances of abuse (including alcohol, heroin, cocaine, synthetic drugs, etc.)
Poison control centers also provide treatment recommendations to healthcare providers in poisoning emergencies.
The Florida Poison Information Center – Miami is staffed by nurses, pharmacists and physicians with extensive training in toxicology. Medical professionals have access to immediate, free, 24-hour access to medical toxicologists who can assist in caring for poisoned patients. If you are a healthcare provider and would like to speak to a medical toxicologist, call 1-800-222-1222 and request a consult.
Poison control centers provide poison prevention education and materials for the public and health care professionals.
Education programs and trainings are available on any of the topics listed above and can be customized to your needs. Free educational material (stickers, magnets and safety information) is available in English and Spanish by calling 1-800-222-1222, or by clicking here.
Poisonings do not only happen in children. In fact, most fatal poisonings now involve adult medication mistakes or “overdoses”. For more information about poison hazards and Florida’s Poison Control Centers, click here