poison control center

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An agency, usually at a state, municipal, or other large regional level, that is a clearinghouse for reporting cases of acute, subacute, and chronic poisoning, staffed by physicians trained in toxicology or by toxicologists who are available on call on a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week basis to provide detailed information and advice about emergency treatment, antidotes, aftercare, and prevention and control regimens, including public education.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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