Costa Votes to Modernize Poison Control Centers, Madera Children’s

Washington, DC— Rep. Jim Costa voted today in favor of legislation to reauthorize funding for poison prevention and poison control centers, includingthe Madera poisoncenter located at Children's Hospital Central California. The 12 doctors of pharmacy employed at the Children’s Hospital site provide expert advice over the phone to families regarding exposure to potentially toxic substances. The bill, H.R. 3527 – Poison Center Network Act, now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

“When it comes to exposure to poison, quick access to expert advice saves lives,” said Costa. “During an emergency, the professionals at Children’s Hospital provide critical, free-of-charge information to California families. This bill continues our commitment to improve operations and efficiency at these centers and educate the public about this valuable resource.”

Residents throughout the state can access free advice through a single 800 number 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Madera call center is one of four cites in the California Poison Control System that is staffed by experienced professionals who field statewide calls. By calling 1-800-222-1222, you can access emergency information on:

  • Swallowing poison
  • Eye or skin irritation from toxic substances
  • Inhalation of noxious fumes or vapors
  • Animal, insect, snake and spider bites
  • Food or mushroom poisoning
  • Drug reactions
  • Attempted suicides or drug overdoses