You see a sick or unconscious victim (especially a child) with an open container of pills, chemicals, illicit drugs or paraphernalia, and plant-life and herbs.
The room or the victim's breath smells of fumes.
The victim has burns in or near the mouth.
The victim has shallow puncture wounds, suggesting a venomous snakebite (usually on the lower arm or leg).
Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
If there is no Poison Control Center in your area, call 911 or ask the operator to connect you to emergency services.
Don't cause vomiting or give ipecac syrup.
Care for the victim as instructed by Poison Control.
Keep the victim as calm as possible.
If the victim needs medical help, bring the container or the poison with the victim to the hospital.
Keep the victim still with the injury positioned below his or her heart level. This slows the spread of poison throughout the body.
Don't use a tourniquet.
Don't apply ice.
Don't cut the bite.
Don't try to suck venom out with your mouth.
Perform rescue breathing or CPR, if needed.
If you are traveling through an area where a poisonous snakebite is possible, wear protective boots and clothing. Extractor kits do not work and are not recommended.
The label on the medication bottle or chemical container or the name or description of the plant
The amount swallowed
The length of time since the poisoning
The victim's age, weight, and symptoms
The travel time to the nearest emergency room
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