The Poison Control Center

Annual Report 2012

In 2012, the Poison Control Center handled calls from more than 60,000 concerned individuals. Learn more in PCC’s 2012 Annual Report.

E-cigarette refill warning

Keep them out of children’s reach!
E-cigarette liquid refills are poorly regulated and may be distributed without child-protective packaging, without adequate labeling, and without proper quality control of their ingredients. They typically contain nicotine as a primary active ingredient, which may cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, excess saliva, tearing, diarrhea and muscle weakness if swallowed. In addition, confusion, coma, seizures and death may occur in high doses.


The Poison Control Center (PCC) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is a nonprofit regional poison control services provider offering a 24-hour-a-day emergency hotline for poisoning incidents and poison information. Information and treatment advice is available to the public and healthcare professionals at no charge. Call 1-800-222-1222 for assistance.

Four important services

Our service area

The Center serves southeastern Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley and the State of Delaware. It was created in 1986 as a collaborative effort among:

Emergency hotline specialists

Every specialist who answers calls to the Poison Control Center emergency hotline is specially trained and certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
Learn more about our specialists and how they handle emergency hotline calls.

Poison Control Center certification

The Poison Control Center is one of 60 poison centers in the United States certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

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