Apr 18, 2017 — If you or a loved one is in a poisoning emergency, you want the right information as quickly as possible. Don’t go online for answers. Call poison control immediately. Dr. Barbara Crouch is the director of the Utah Poison Control Center and she shares why poison information online not only takes longer but could actually provide you bad or potentially life-threatening advice. Skip the Internet. Call poison control at 1-800-222-1222.

Interview

Announcer: "The Health Minute" produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Don't search the internet, call Poison Control first. Dr. Barbara Crouch is the Director of the Utah Poison Control Center. Why do you recommend that?

Dr. Crouch: Well, there's a lot of information on the internet, but in a poisoning emergency, you want the right information and you want it quickly. You also could get some bad information where you might do something that's more harm than good. For example, there's a lot of information on the internet, recommendations to induce vomiting, we don't do that anymore. It's potentially harmful and that's just one example of bad information on the internet.

Interviewer: So if there's a poison emergency in your house, forget the net, call Poison Control first.

Dr. Crouch: That's right. So what you want to do is program that number into your cell phone, that's 800-222-1222, and the Poison Control Center experts are just a click away.

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