Poison Prevention Tips for Seniors

24-Hour Poison Control Center Hotline

Toll free 1-800-222-1222

Keep Our Toll-free Number Handy

Keep the Poison Control Center’s toll-free number in a prominent place in your home. 1-800-222-1222.

Prevent Medication Errors

Medication is the cause of nearly half of all poisonings in seniors. Take these precautions:

  • Make sure you understand how to use and store your medications. If you have questions, ask your pharmacist.
  • Make a list of all prescription and over-the-counter medications you take. Include the dosages. Share this with all of your doctors.
  • Always use the same pharmacy to fill your prescriptions.
  • Each time you get a prescription filled, double-check it to make sure you received the correct medication and dose.
  • Keep your medications in their original containers.
  • Don’t take medications in the dark.
  • Try to follow a regular schedule for taking medications.
  • Read labels carefully.
  • Never take someone else’s medication.
  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking vitamins or herbal products.

Common Poisons

Medication isn’t the only risk for seniors. Learn more about what poisons are and what to do if you think someone has been poisoned.

Keep Grandchildren Safe

If you have grandchildren or other young visitors, take these steps to protect them.