Poison Statistics
Wash DC Metro Area

In 2017, the National Capital Poison Center provided 94,990 consultations about poisonings. Approximately 42% percent (39,473) were calls about people exposed to a poison. An additional 42,552 (45%) were human poison exposures managed online through webPOISONCONTROL®. Other telephone consultations involved pet poisonings (1,344) and information requests (11,621). Some interesting facts include: 
  • Most poison exposures (76%) were unintentional. The Center also received calls about other types of poisonings: medication side effects, substance abuse, malicious poisonings, and suicide attempts. 
  • 11,621 people (22% of the telephone consultations) called for poison-related information. Their questions were about possible problems with medication interactions, pesticide use, workplace chemicals, the safety of specific medications while breast-feeding, and many more topics.
  • 41% of poison exposures involved children younger than six, but the most serious cases occurred in adolescents and adults.
  • 55% of poison exposures involved medications; other exposures were to household or automotive products, plants, mushrooms, pesticides, animal bites and stings.
  • 75% of poison exposures involved people who swallowed a drug or poison. People were also poisoned by inhalation and through exposures to the skin or eyes.
  • 64% of poison exposures were safely managed over the phone and did not need medical treatment in a health care facility. However, 83% of those who called a poison center first, before gong to a health care facility were safety treated at home. This number increases to 91% for pediatric poisonings when the Poison Center is consulted first, before other medical intervention is sought. 
94,990 Consultations Were Provided in 2017
National Capital Poison Center
Washington DC Metro Area
 2017 washington dc poisoning data

Reasons for Reported Poison Exposures
National Capital Poison Center, 2017
 2017 reason for poison exposures

Poisonings by Age Group
National Capital Poison Center, 2017
 2017 poisonings by age group washington dc

Poison Exposures by Age
National Capital Poison Center, 2017
2017 poisonings by age washington dc 


Most Common Poison Exposures 
Children < 6 Years
National Capital Poison Center, 2017
 2017 most common pedicatric poisonings washington dc


Most Common Poison Exposures 
≥ 20 Years of Age 
National Capital Poison Center, 2017
2017 most common adult poisonings washington dc 

Related Links

Summary of Poison Statistics, Washington DC metro area, 2016

Summary of Poison Statistics, Washington DC metro area, 2015

Summary of Poison Statistics, Washington, DC metro area, 2014

Summary of National Poison Statistics, Reports to U.S. Poison Control Centers

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