What the Poison Center will ask you

Poison Center's services are free and confidential.

When you call the MA & RI Poison Center, keep yourself safe first and be able to describe the poison with you. You may be asked to read information on the bottle’s label or describe the plant, insect, animal, or other poisonous object.

You may be asked about:

  • Victim's age and weight
  • Any symptoms the victim has related to the poisoning
  • Time that the poisoning took place
  • Name of the substance or poison
  • Amount of the substance or poison
  • Any current health problems of the victim
  • Any medicines the victim is taking

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