Poison Statistics
Wash DC Metro Area

In 2016, the National Capital Poison Center provided consultations for 80,073 callers from the DC metro area. Approximately 49% percent (39,212) were calls about people exposed to a poison. An additional 27,158 (33.9%) were human poison exposures managed online through webPOISONCONTROL®.Other telephone consultations involved pet poisonings (1,394) and information requests (12,309). 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. 
  • 12,309 people (23.3% 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.
  • 43% of poison exposures involved children younger than six, but the most serious cases occurred in adolescents and adults.
  • 56% 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 92% for pediatric poisonings when the Poison Center is consulted first, before other medical intervention is sought. 
80,073 Consultations Were Provided in 2016
National Capital Poison Center
Washington DC Metro Area
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Reasons for Reported Poison Exposures
National Capital Poison Center, 2016
 Reasons for Poisonings 2016 data

Poisonings by Age Group
National Capital Poison Center, 2016
 Poisonings Age Distribution 2016 data

Poison Exposures by Age
National Capital Poison Center, 2016
Poisonings by Age 2016 data 


Most Common Poison Exposures Children < 6 Years
National Capital Poison Center, 2016
 Most Common Pediatric Poisonings 2016 data


Most Common Poison Exposures  ≥ 20 Years of Age  National Capital Poison Center, 2016
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Related Links

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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