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posted on June 27, 2012 15:26

Idaho Contracts with New Poison Control Center

Beginning July 1, Idaho calls for poison emergencies will be handled by the Nebraska Regional Poison Center (NRPC). The poison emergency hotline (1-800-222-1222), scope of services and resources provided for emergency calls from Idaho will remain the same. 

Since 1994, Idaho families and healthcare providers have relied on their regional poison control center to provide free, 24-hour emergency telephone service designed to assess and make treatment recommendations for all kinds of poisoning emergencies.  When a poisoning emergency happens in the home or workplace, it is important to act quickly as those few precious minutes could save a life.

Poisonings are the third leading cause of unintentional injury hospitalizations among Idahoans each year and children under the age of two are especially vulnerable to unintentional poisoning. “Our goal is to provide high quality poisoning emergency consultation services to Idaho families, health care professionals, law enforcement and emergency responders through the most cost-effective means available to the State,” says Steve Manning, Injury Prevention & Surveillance Program Manager for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. 

NRPC was awarded the new contract based on a competitive bidding process. Manning serves as the contract monitor for the Idaho Poison Control contract, and anticipates the transition to the NRPC will be smooth, without interruption for anyone calling for poisoning emergency consultation services.

For questions or more information, please contact DHW’s Steve Manning at (208) 334-4963. You can also visit the NRPC website at www.nebraskapoison.com/