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Department of Health Raises Awareness On Poison Prevention

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Morethan two million poisonings are reported to the Nation's poison centers eachyear. 

Tohopefully avoid unintentional poisonings, the North Dakota Department of Healthis encouraging everyone to take precautionary actions during Poison PreventionWeek.

Most ofthe dangerous poisons are things found in homes, like antifreeze, window washerproducts, some medicines, corrosive cleaners and fuels.

"Childrenunder the age of 6 accounts for half of all exposures related to poisonings.  But,in terms of who actually dies from poisonings, 75 percent are adults. Wetend to be more watchful of children and may be not as watchful related to moreadult poisonings," says Ellen Bjelland of the NDSU Extension Agent.

In the event of a poisoning, call 911if the person is unconscious, having difficulty breathing or notbreathing. Otherwise, call the Poison Control Centerat 1-800-222-1222 immediately. 

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