Because Cold and Cough Medicine Misuse Happens
More than half of all cases managed by poison centers nationwide are related to medicine misuse, abuse and overdose. Teens, adults, new parents and seniors should call their local poison center if someone suspects accidental misuse or an abuse of medicine such as cough and cold medicine, acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin. No concern is too big or too small. The Internet is no substitute for speaking with a poison center expert.
Local poison centers are staffed with experts to provide the information you need to act quickly. If you or someone you know takes too much medicine or the wrong medicine, give your local poison center a call. The poison experts will let you know whether your situation can be treated at home, or if an emergency room visit is in order. 1-800-222-1222. The call is free and confidential.