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Medicine Safety Tips


  • If you think someone has taken too much medicine, the wrong medicine or even a double dose of medicine, call the Poison Center toll-free at 1-800-222-1222 immediately. The specialists (Registered Nurses and Pharmacists) are available to take your call 24/7/365.
  • Buy medication in child-resistant packaging whenever possible. But remember, child-resistant is not childproof, and is designed to keep children away from the medicine for a short time before a parent or care-giver notices.
  • Keep medicines in their original bottles or containers whenever possible. If you transfer medicines to another container, such as a pill minder, store them in a place that is too high for a child to reach or see. If possible, ensure the storage location has a safety latch.
  • Use child-resistant packaging properly by closing the container tightly after each use.
  • Ask babysitters, visitors, and house guests to keep purses, briefcases or bags that contain medicines away and out of sight from your children. The same rule applies when your children are visiting a friend or relative’s home.
  • Keep the Poison Center toll-free number 1-800-222-1222 programmed into your mobile phone.  Always keep the toll-free number in a visible area in your home so babysitters, house guests or visitors can call if the need arises.
  • Read medicine labels before each use and follow directions exactly.
  • Tell children what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them.
  • Never call medicine “candy” to get a child to take it.
  • Never leave medicine out on a kitchen counter, table, or at a sick child’s bedside.
  • Always turn the light on when giving or taking medicine. Check the dosage every time.

Keep the Nebraska Regional Poison Center phone number available to family members, babysitters and guests at all times.

The Nebraska Regional Poison Center is a free community service to the public.

Call 1-800-222-1222 and talk immediately to a Registered Nurse or Pharmacist 24/7/365.

Text “poison” to 797979 to save the contact information for the poison center in your smart phone.