Poison Centers Save More Than $1.8 Billion Every Year

Poison Centers Save More Than $1.8 Billion Every Year

Oct 17, 2012 4:27 PM

Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah Poison Control Center and America’s other 56 poison centers save Americans more than $1.8 billion every year in medical costs and lost productivity, according to a report released today by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).

 The AAPCC recently commissioned The Lewin Group to describe the value of the poison center system as a whole.  The findings are detailed in the Final Report on the Value of the Poison Center System (The Lewin Group Inc., July 2012).  In preparing the report, The Lewin Group reviewed existing literature regarding the impact of the poison center system on medical utilization and analyzed the value of the poison center network.  The Lewin Group’s analysis included the four most commonly referenced savings metrics (savings due to avoided medical utilization, reduced hospital length of stay, in-person outreach, and reduced work-loss days).

 As the following table indicates, the savings are shared by federal, state and local governments, as well as the private sector.

 

Funding Source

(in millions)

Savings per Funding Source

(in millions)

Federal

$17.1

Federal

$662.8

Private

$35.1

Private

$873.4

State & Local

$83.8

State & Local

$284.2

 

According to the Final Report on the Value of the Poison Center System, every dollar invested in the

poison center system saves $13.39 in medical costs and lost productivity.  “For the over 50,000 callers to the Utah Poison Control Center each year, this represents an annual savings of over $32,000,000 in healthcare costs, including avoidance of unnecessary health care visits, and lost productivity” said Barbara Insley Crouch, PharmD, Executive Director.

  “Our system of 57 poison control centers is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health programs in the nation,” said Rick Dart, M.D., Ph.D., past-president of the AAPCC.  “Calls to poison centers keep the vast majority of callers out of the hospital and decrease the length of stays for patients who are admitted.  Poison centers save lives, protect the public’s health, and save millions of taxpayer dollars.  It’s vital that policymakers and the public understand the importance of funding this essential public health service.”

 The Final Report on the Value of the Poison Center System is available at www.aapcc.org.

 


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Marissa Villesenor
Public Relations Specialist , Office of Public Affairs
Phone: 801-581-3102
Email: marissa.villasenor@hsc.utah.edu
Marty C. Malheiro, MS, MCHES
Coordinator, Outreach Education , Utah Poison Control Center
Phone: 801-587-0603
Email: marty.malheiro@hsc.utah.edu

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