Hotline

The New Jersey Poison Center provides free poison consultation and drug information through its Poison Help Hotline (800-222-1222). When calling the hotline, callers reach specially trained health care professionals—nurses, pharmacists, and doctors—who can provide help with poison emergencies or answer questions ranging from drug information and medication use to breastfeeding. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Not calling from New Jersey? The Poison Help Hotline is a national number which connects the caller to the closest poison control center. All services are free and confidential.  NJPIES’ specialists assist callers of all ages as well as those who speak languages other than English, and those who are hearing impaired.

Surveillance

Our poison control center is equipped with a comprehensive poisoning surveillance data system that can detect public health threats/outbreaks in real-time as they emerge in New Jersey. Our center, along with all U.S. Poison Control Centers, uploads data to the National Poison Data System (NPDS) every eight minutes. This allows NPDS to provide the only real-time snapshot of poison call conditions nationwide. As a safeguard in instances of food poisoning, adverse drug reactions, drug tampering, and other outbreaks, NJPIES notified local and state agencies, the media, and the public of potential health threats.