Central Texas Poison Center

The Central Texas Poison Center serves the 2.4 million residents of central Texas. Each day, nurses and pharmacists in the Poison Center answer phone calls from worried parents, care givers and patients. When a two year old eats his bottle of vitamins, we are called. When a worker is exposed to a chemical in an industrial accident, we are called. When an elderly person accidently takes their medication twice, we are called. In addition, the Poison Center is called by physicians and nurses from area hospitals. The patient may have intentionally taken a very large volume of medication or has been bitten by a snake. Each year, staff answer over 45,000 phone calls and place another 40,000 call-backs. The Poison Center also provides community and professional education programs. Our community educator goes out to schools and community groups teaching poison prevention. Staff are faculty with the TAMHSC-COM and the UT College of Pharmacy. As the hub of the Texas Poison Center Network, we support the electronic infrastructure for all six centers. The Poison Center is supported by grants from the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications, the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration and Scott & White.

Research Interests

Toxicity of new medications, pediatric poisoning, envenomations, poison center calls

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Central Texas Poison Center
Alexander Building, Room 204A
2401 South 31st Street
Temple, TX 76508-0001
800-222-1222 254-724-7408 Central Texas Poison Center Send an e-mail


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