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When should I call poison control?

If you think that someone has eaten, breathed or touched something dangerous, call poison control. As a former poison control hotline pharmacist, I can tell you that it's better to call than to wonder if it's a problem. For example, if you find your toddler with a bottle of medication and the lid is off, even if you don't know if he took any, call poison control and they can walk you through the situation. The statistics show that 90% of accidental ingestions are not serious, which is very reassuring, but call and make sure!

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