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Who We Are & What We Do

There is only one poison center in Indiana.

The Indiana Poison Center (IPC) is an independent, nonprofit agency providing coverage and services for the entire state of Indiana. It serves as both an emergency telephone service and an information resource center, with services available to the general public and healthcare professionals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The IPC is the designated Regional Poison Information Center for Indiana and is certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC). It is a collaborative effort of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), Indiana University Health (IU Health), the Federal HRSA Poison Control Program and healthcare providers throughout the state. Services are free to the public and confidential.

The IPC is staffed with specially trained nurses and pharmacists, also known as Specialists in Poison Information (SPIs). They are all poison experts. These specialist have more than 313 combined years of experience managing poisoning cases and have helped more than 2.2 million people over the past 34 years with calls about:

  • Drugs and medications, including but not limited to prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, vitamins and illegal drugs
  • Chemicals at work and/or home
  • Plants (indoor and outdoor)
  • Food poisoning
  • Gases and fumes (ie: CO)
  • Pets
  • Personal care products
  • Gardening products
  • Bites and stings
  • Any item that has given an individual an unwanted or unexpected reaction

Calling IPC is faster and a lot less expensive than a visit to urgent care or an emergency room.  Most poisonings are not life threatening and can be handled at home with the help of a specialist, saving you a lot of time and money. In the event an individual is sent to a hospital, IPC will speak with the doctors and nurses to develop a treatment plan. The IPC will monitor that patient until the incident is resolved and the patient is medically cleared.

The IPC is committed to educating the general public and health professionals about poison prevention. Public education is available through:

  • Educational materials
  • Programs for children and adults
  • Classes/presentations
  • Webinars
  • On-site training
  • Publications

To contact the IPC, please call 1.800.222.1222.

What Happens When You Call the IPC?

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Annual Report

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2012 Annual Report

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