What is the Texas Poison Center Network?
The Texas Poison Center Network (TPCN) is a group of 6 regionally located poison centers across the state of Texas and the Commission on State Emergency Communications, our governing body. As a network, linked by a sophisticated telecommunications system, we provide the public assistance & treatment for poison emergencies and poison related questions. You can call us if you have a concern about a possible poisoning, to ask a poison related question, to request educational materials, or to request professional/public education.
Where are the 6 poison centers located?
How do I reach my regional poison center in Texas?
You can reach your local poison center by calling the national Poison Help Hotline number at 1-800-222-1222. Your call will be automatically routed to the poison center that services your area, based on your area code. In Texas, your call may also be routed to another poison center within Texas to reduce wait times.
Who will answer my call?
Your call with be answered by a medical professional (pharmacist, physician or nurse) with advanced training in Toxicology and certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers as a Specialist in Poison Information. Did we mention that our services are free, confidential, & available to take your calls 24/7, 365 days a year!
What should I expect when I call the Poison Center?
Our specialists may ask for the following information before they are able to provide callers with treatment recommendations:
- Name of caller
- Zip Code
- Phone Number
- Name and age of poisoned person (depends on call)
- Name of product (depends on call)
- Amount of product missing or ingested
- Dose or concentration of product
- Past medical history
- Allergies and medications used
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