Poison Epidemiology

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Our goal is to identify and prevent poisonings in Texas. A poison is anything that can harm your body if you eat, drink, breathe, inject, or touch too much of it.

Some common poisonings include:

  • Taking too much prescription medications
  • Inhaling pesticides
  • Snake bites
  • Illicit drug use

We track poisonings reported in Texas by:

  • Working with the Texas Poison Center Network (TPCN)
  • Investigating clusters of poisonous exposures and related illnesses
  • Monitoring controlled substance overdose surveillance data

Find more information about preventing accidental poisonings from CDC.gov.

Texas Poison Center Network

Controlled Substance Overdoses

Data & Statistics