Indiana Poison Center

Poison expertise at your fingertips

You need help from poison experts if you or a loved one has ingested a harmful substance. The Indiana Poison Center is a free emergency resource for the public and healthcare professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Emergency Help 24 Hours a Day

If you suspect someone has swallowed, inhaled, injected or absorbed through the skin a possibly toxic substance, call the Indiana Poison Center for help. A poison specialist will ask you to describe the suspected poison, how and when it was ingested, symptoms of the individual and how much of the substance you think they ingested.

We’ll advise whether you need to go to the emergency room or take other steps. When we recommend a trip to the ER, we’ll call ahead to let the hospital know you are on your way and what to expect.

Symptoms of Poisoning

Possible symptoms of ingesting poisons include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash
  • Dilated pupils
  • Sores around the mouth
  • Drooling or dry mouth
  • Confusion

Poisoning also can cause brain damage, coma or death.

When to call 911

If the person has collapsed, is having seizures or is not breathing, immediately call 911. If you’re able, you can call the Indiana Poison Center after you’ve called 911.

General Information

You can call the Indiana Poison Center for general nonemergency questions about whether a particular substance is toxic. Information also is available on our website, indianapoisoncenter.org.

Possible Poisons

Many poisons are common household products that are safe when used correctly but may be toxic when misused. Potential poisons include:

  • Cleaning products
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Illegal drugs
  • Insect sprays
  • Weed killers
  • Carbon monoxide gas
  • Household and garden plants
  • Venom from snakes and insects
  • Metals such as mercury and lead

Contact Us

If you have (or think you have) a poison emergency, or would just like some information on poison prevent, please contact the Indiana Poison Center at 1.800.222.1222.

What to Expect

Emergency Help 24 Hours a Day

If you suspect someone has swallowed, inhaled, injected or absorbed through the skin a possibly toxic substance, call the Indiana Poison Center for help. A poison specialist will ask you to describe the suspected poison, how and when it was ingested, symptoms of the individual and how much of the substance you think they ingested.

We’ll advise whether you need to go to the emergency room or take other steps. When we recommend a trip to the ER, we’ll call ahead to let the hospital know you are on your way and what to expect.

Symptoms of Poisoning

Possible symptoms of ingesting poisons include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash
  • Dilated pupils
  • Sores around the mouth
  • Drooling or dry mouth
  • Confusion

Poisoning also can cause brain damage, coma or death.

When to call 911

If the person has collapsed, is having seizures or is not breathing, immediately call 911. If you’re able, you can call the Indiana Poison Center after you’ve called 911.

General Information

You can call the Indiana Poison Center for general nonemergency questions about whether a particular substance is toxic. Information also is available on our website, indianapoisoncenter.org.

Possible Poisons

Many poisons are common household products that are safe when used correctly but may be toxic when misused. Potential poisons include:

  • Cleaning products
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Illegal drugs
  • Insect sprays
  • Weed killers
  • Carbon monoxide gas
  • Household and garden plants
  • Venom from snakes and insects
  • Metals such as mercury and lead

Contact Us

If you have (or think you have) a poison emergency, or would just like some information on poison prevent, please contact the Indiana Poison Center at 1.800.222.1222.

Patient Stories for Indiana Poison Center

Household Products Database

This resource from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services explains the safety, handling and potential health effects of many common household products.

Poison Help

This federal website includes information on poisoning and how to prevent it.

Resources

Household Products Database

This resource from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services explains the safety, handling and potential health effects of many common household products.

Poison Help

This federal website includes information on poisoning and how to prevent it.