The Mississippi Poison Control Center is available 24 hours per day, each day of the year, to assist callers from the general public and/or the healthcare community in the assessment and management of poisoning cases with the intention of reducing the morbidity, mortality and cost of care in the state of Mississippi.
Information on potential poison exposures is available free of charge to the citizens of Mississippi. The center is staffed by specially trained nurses who are specialists in poison information care. They are assisted by trained poison information providers.
The Mississippi Poison Control Center maintains a database of information regarding the nature, causes, management and outcomes of all poisonings reported to the center. This information is used to identify trends and improve both poison prevention and the medical management of poisonings. This information is uploaded daily to a national database used for toxicosurveillance for the United States.
The center provides on-going efforts to better educate and inform the general public regarding poison prevention and general poison safety as well as to provide resources for continuing educational opportunities for allied health personnel at all levels. It also works with other local, state and federal agencies to provide around-the-clock information and assistance to the public and health care providers in the event of a chemical or biological weapons-of-mass-destruction incident.
The operating budget of the Mississippi Poison Center is approximately $1.4 million per year. Approximately 30% of this is obtained from federal, state and private grants. The remainder of the funding for the Mississippi Poison Control Center comes from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.