Pediatrician - Wall
3350 Highway 138 Building 2 Suite 126
Wall, NJ 07719

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March 03, 2015
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(Newark, NJ) – March 2, 2015 — Each day, 55 children are exposed to potentially poisonous substances and a loved one calls the experts at the NJ Poison Center for help. Last year almost 20,000 children under the age of five (5) required assistance from the NJ Poison Experts because they were exposed to potentially dangerous items such as household chemicals, medicines and vitamins, cigars/cigarettes, liquid nicotine in e-cigarette devices and hookah pipes, coins, magnets, and batteries.

While most of the cases were managed at home without a visit to the hospital, many did require admission to an intensive care unit and some required surgery. Some people think only medicines and chemicals cause life threatening poisoning situations, however, foreign bodies such as coins, magnets, and batteries should never be overlooked because they can cause serious injury and even death.

“We have all been guilty of carelessly leaving potentially harmful items around the house, while they should have been kept in lockable medicine/storage cabinets,” said Steven Marcus, MD, executive and medical director of the NJ Poison Center. “Overlooking such items, unfortunately, can be very costly to the health and well-being of a family member.” Unintentional poisoning injury and death are preventable. Locking up such items will help prevent an exposure of a young child or pet, as well as, prevent the misuse of medicines.

“I would like to call your attention to the annual observance of National Poison Prevention Week (NPPW), this year from March 15-21st.

As we approach spring, I ask all New Jerseyans to mark the occasion by “poison proofing” their homes when they spring clean. Go through the house room by room, including sheds and garages, and make sure potentially dangerous items are properly stored.”

Don’t forget about the unwanted, unused medications that may have accumulated in medicine cabinets, closets, and pantries. Take these items to your town’s medication drop-off locations where they will be discarded safely. Remind any seniors you may know to do the same. If you would like help in finding a drop-off location near you, contact the poison center at 800-222-1222. When the unthinkable happens, do you know who/where to call? Fast, Free, Expert Medical Advice – Delivered Confidentially – Multilingual Capability. “We are here to help you!” said Dr. Marcus. The center is the state’s primary defense against injury and death from poisoning. No matter the reason to call, all people from youngest to oldest are at risk for injury and death from poisonings, even pets. “There are no stupid questions. The only stupid questions are the ones not asked! It is a good idea to program our number (1-800-222-1222) into your cell phone. Ask your friends and family to do the same.”


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3350 Highway 138 Building 2 Suite 126,
Wall, NJ 07719