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Palmetto Poison Center

The Palmetto Poison Center dispenses free poison and toxicology advice to South Carolina residents and health professionals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and our pharmacy students help provide this important community service. In an emergency, call 1-800-222-1222.

The Palmetto Poison Center provides treatment information on exposures to poisonous materials for the general public and healthcare professionals via a toll-free hotline (1-800-222-1222). Calls range from accidental and intentional ingestion of poisonous substances and medications to adverse drug effects, occupational exposures, envenomations, and biochemical disasters. The center, located in Columbia, serves every county in South Carolina and receives more than 32,000 calls per year for information and advice.

It first earned accreditation as a Regional Poison Center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers in 2006 and is one of only 55 centers in the nation that have met the requirements for the designation.

The center is staffed by healthcare professionals—including pharmacists and nurses—who are formally trained in toxicology as specialists in poison information. The center is an experiential site for fourth year pharmacy students, in addition to being involved in educational training of emergency medicine physicians and pediatricians.