About NJPIES

The New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES), also known as the NJ Poison Control Center, is the state’s only poison control center.  NJPIES serves NJ residents through its free 24/7 emergency and information hotline (800-222-1222) from our state-of-the-art center, housed at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey.

The Poison Help Hotline (800-222-1222) is answered by health care professionals (doctors, nurses and pharmacists).  All calls are free and confidential.  NJPIES provides the public with immediate help in poisoning emergencies as well as in situations where someone is just a little worried.  NJ Poison Control Center experts can assist callers of all ages and those who speak languages other than English.  No question is too small and most cases can be resolved over the phone, usually avoiding an expensive, unnecessary trip to the emergency room.

NJPIES’ staff are active academically through publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at conferences.  In its commitment to reduce the impact of poisoning, staff conduct routine surveillance of poison emergency activities.  The center provides professional education for students and continuing education programs for working health care professionals.

The Education Department conducts statewide outreach to NJ organizations and communities about NJPIES’ services as well as educate them regarding medication (prescription, over-the-counter, herbal, vitamins) safety, food safety, household cleaning products, carbon monoxide poisoning, outdoor safety, etc.  The department offers FREE community education programs for children, parents/adults, and seniors.  The NJ Poison Control Center is a great resource for providing information on ways to keep families safe.

NJPIES also operates the 24 hour, 7 day a week New Jersey AIDS/HIV/STD Hotline (800-624-2377).  Health care professionals (doctors, nurses and pharmacists) are available to answer questions concerning HIV/AIDS, STD s, or Hepatitis.  Callers receive general information, referrals, counseling and testing locations, and information on treatment and adverse reactions to medications.  All calls are free and confidential.