Poison Prevention Week

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COLUMBIA - MU pharmacists worked Wednesday to get the word out about National Poison Prevention Week. Two million poisonings get reported each year, 90 percent of which occur at home. MU Health Care pharmacists are visiting kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders this week in the Columbia Public Schools to educate students on poison prevention.

"As we know, a lot of times kids get in stuff that they may not know what they are or shouldn't be in," said Nic Rinella, a pharmacist resident. "That's kind of where Mr. Yuk stickers and also education come in that way they know to stay away from [harmful] household items."

The Missouri Regional Poison Center received more than 195,000 phone calls last year alone.

"Be aware and to educate your child about 'ask mom or dad first before you touch or put anything in your mouth'," Michelle Steyer, a pharmacist resident, said.

In addition to visiting schools, MU Health Care has set up booths at the University Hospital and Women's and Children's Hospital. The booths have free poison prevention pamphlets, magnets and Mr. Yuk stickers. They are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week Monday-Friday.