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Mississippi Poison Control Center

Emergency Information

If the person has collapsed or stopped breathing, call 911.

Poison in the eyes

  • Remove contact lenses if present.
  • Rinse the eyes with lukewarm running water for 15 to 20 minutes. Have the victim blink as much as possible. Do not force the eyes open.
  • Call 1-800-222-1222.

Poison on the skin

  • Take off any substance that the person may have touched.
  • Rinse the skin with lukewarm running water for 15-20 minutes.
  • Call 1-800-222-1222.

Inhaled poison

  • Immediately get the person to fresh air.
  • If the person is not arousable or not breathing CALL 911 and begin CPR.
  • If the person is coughing, gagging, short of breath or having difficulty breathing CALL 911.
  • If indoors, open all doors and windows.
  • Call 1-800-222-1222.

Swallowed the wrong medicine or too much medicine

  • If the person is not arousable or not breathing CALL 911 and begin CPR.
  • Call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.
  • The treatment for an ingested poison varies depending on the poison. Call for advice.

Swallowed something that is not food or drink

  • If the person is not arousable or not breathing CALL 911 and begin CPR.
  • Call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.
  • The treatment for an ingested poison varies depending on the poison. Call for advice.
  • Antidote labels may be wrong. Do not give salt, vinegar, citrus juice or induce vomiting unless instructed to do so by the Poison Control Center.

Snake bite

  • Do not attempt to catch or kill the snake.
  • Slowly back away from the snake.
  • Transport the person to a hospital. Lay the person flat and keep the bitten part of the body at the level of the rest of the body. Do not elevate or dangle a bitten arm or leg.
  • Do not attempt to cut the bite area.
  • Do not suck the bitten area.
  • Do not apply ice to the bitten area.
  • Do not apply a tourniquet.
  • Call 1-800-222-1222. The Poison Control Center can notify the hospital that the patient is coming and provide treatment advice.

Suicide attempt

  • If the person is not arousable or not breathing CALL 911 and begin CPR.
  • CALL 911 and have the person taken to a hospital. Even if the person is refusing medical care, it is very important that they be evaluated. Explain to them that they need medical evaluation even if they feel fine.
  • Call 1-800-222-1222. The Poison Control Center can notify the hospital that the patient is coming and provide treatment advice.