Poison Control

(800) 222-1222 pc@poison.org 3201 New Mexico Avenue NW Suite 310, Washington, DC20016 https://www.poison.org/
Poison Control in Their Own Words


In 2020, the National Capital Poison Center managed 8% of the human poison exposures reported to U.S. poison centers. Seventy-six percent of the Center's caseload consists of cases managed online from all over the U.S. and beyond.

The National Capital Poison Center (NCPC), founded in 1980, is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. NCPC is not a government agency.

Our mission is to prevent poisonings, save lives, & limit injury from poisoning by providing free, expert guidance online or by phone, 24/7. Poison control services optimize poisoning outcomes & decrease health care costs.

While fulfilling this mission, we are committed to building a diverse & inclusive community, serving each of you with respect & compassion. We provide free guidance to everyone who reaches out to us for help with a poisoning, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, political view, or insurance coverage. When you contact us for help, we don’t ask you about any of that. We only ask you for medically relevant information which may include age, gender, and weight, but only so we can give you the best care & so we can make appropriate triage & treatment recommendations. There is no judging. All of the information you give us is kept private and confidential. We value: 

We are committed to making our community a place where you & your family can be healthy & safe (especially from poisons) & to providing expert information so you can make informed decisions. It’s our small contribution towards empowering you & helping you thrive.

$5.5 million, supported through grants and contributions.