CSN eNewsletter
March 15, 2022
Note from Our Director
Dear Partners,

Next week is National Poisoning Prevention Week. During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, poison control centers saw an almost 30% increase in reported poison encounters. In 2020, there were over 1.1 million reports of poison exposures in children under the age of 20.

March is also Brain Injury Awareness Month. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a condition caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head which disrupts normal brain function. Every year, nearly 700,000 TBI-related emergency visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occur in children ages 0-19.

Resources and research on these two important topics are included in this newsletter. Resources from our Children's Safety Now Alliance partners are highlighted in purple.

Please widely share the resources below with your networks.


Jennifer Leonardo, PhD

Children’s Safety Network Director
National Poisoning Prevention Week is
March 20-26, 2022
On average, a poisoning exposure case is reported every 15 seconds. Unintentional poisoning is the fourth leading cause of death for children ages 0-19. In 2020, children <20 years old represented 55% percent of total poison exposures. Each year, approximately 50,000 young children are brought to the emergency department each year due to unintentional medication poisoning.

In CSN’s upcoming webinar, Safe Use and Administration of Medication to Young Children, experts will discuss how medication poisoning injuries can be prevented. Learn more about poisoning prevention in in the resources below:
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Child and Adolescent Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Centers Cooperative Agreement (U49MC28422) for $5,000,000 with 0 percent financed with non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.