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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: January 23, 2013 04:08 PM
From: Representative Adam Ravenstahl
To: All House members
Subject: Poison Prevention Week in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I intend on introducing a resolution recognizing the week of March 17 through 23, 2013 as “Poison Prevention Week” in Pennsylvania.

Poison Prevention Week exists to inform the public on steps they can take to help prevent accidental poisonings and what to do if a poisoning occurs. More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country, including three in Pennsylvania. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old and poisonings remain one of the leading causes of death among adults.
Congress established National Poison Prevention Week on September 16, 1961 as the third week in March. The resolution will include important information on how residents can stop poisonings from happening in their home, the specific actions they can take if such an incident does occur, and will recognize the outstanding work of the Commonwealth’s three poison centers in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Hershey.
I hope you will join with me in this effort by co-sponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as HR75