UNM/New Mexico Poison Control Center

RECIPIENT
UNM/New Mexico Poison Control Center
Deborah Brietfield
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
505 277-2626

PROJECT TITLE
Operational Expenses of the NM Poison Control Center

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (“the Center”) has been a statewide
public service program of the University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Pharmacy since
1977 and is certified as a Regional Poison Center by the American Association of Poison Control
Centers. The Center provides twenty-four hour emergency telephone service for the general
public and healthcare professionals, including first responders, to reduce the incidence of
unintentional poisonings, minimize inappropriate home therapy, and reduce the incidence of
unnecessary health care system utilization and expenditures. Specially-trained pharmacists assess
and make treatment recommendations during possible poisonings, and assist emergency
personnel during hazardous material incidents. For many adults across the state, this phone call
can make the critical difference in the well-being of their child, an elderly parent or themselves.

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND
The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center coordinates statewide public education
programs in order to reduce the incidence of unintentional poisonings and increase awareness of
the Center's services. The Center provides the public poison prevention educational services
including presentations at schools, businesses, senior centers and professional conferences;
exhibits at health fairs, and other educational events; media consultation; and education material
distribution (brochures, telephone labels, posters).

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