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California Poison Control System

General Agency Information
Name: California Poison Control System
Alternate Name(s): CPCS
Contact Information
Primary Phone: 800-222-1222
Days/Hours of Operation: 24 Hours, 7 Days
Description: The California Poison Control System (CPCS) provides immediate, free and expert treatment advice and referral over the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous or toxic substances.

All our call responders are trained health care professionals with many years of valuable experience handling poison cases. Each division uses identical telephones, computers, computer programs and databases, recording systems, and automatic call distribution systems. They use uniform protocols and guidelines and have identical health education materials. The result is consistent, quality poison information for the entire state.

Services are free, operate 24/7, and interpreters are available at all times for over 100 languages.
Mission: To protect the health of Californians by providing immediate, uninterrupted, high-quality emergency telephone advice for poison exposures and to serve as the primary resource for poison education, prevention, and treatment in California.
Languages other than English: See Description Notes
Accommodations for Disabled Persons: Not Applicable
Public Transportation: Not Applicable
Eligibility: Open to All
Fees: None
Areas Served: California
Subject Headings
Subject Headings: Poison Control
Poison Safety Education
Public Health
This agency was last updated on April 24, 2018.