The Palmetto Poison Center provides information on exposure to poisonous materials for the general public and healthcare professionals via a toll-free hotline (1-800-222-1222). The center, located in Columbia, serves every county in South Carolina and receives more than 37,000 calls per year for information and advice.
It first earned certification as a Regional Poison Center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers in 2006 and is one of only 61 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. College of Pharmacy students are among those professionals and receive poison training so they can provide poison exposure information and assistance.