During the past three decades, the number of drug poisoning deaths increased sixfold from about 6,100 in 1980 to 36,500 in 2008 and between 2000 and 2009, there has been an 80% increase in the number of child deaths due to poisons,” – CDC.
APhA ASP’s Poison Prevention educates the public about poisons, poison prevention, and what to do in the case that someone has been poisoned. The poison prevention chairs, Amy Chang and Shannon Lyons, coordinate events for students and faculty to participate in to further the understanding of the public. These events include tabling with poster boards and handouts, and an annual visit in the spring to elementary schools to teach kindergartners through 2nd grade about poison prevention using a fun and interactive presentation. The schools are always very receptive, and all of the children are excited to learn about poison prevention and eager to tell their siblings and parents about these events. Annual presentations will be added in the fall to increase the number of children and schools that we educate, and we will expand to incorporate some pamphlets with pet poison prevention information to our education material as well.
Poison Prevention Chairs: