It is a time intended as a means for the nation and local poison centers, pharmacies, public health departments, and local communities to raise awareness of the dangers of unintentional poisonings, especially among children under age 5 and people of all ages.
More than 90 percent of poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. And, poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults.
The U.S. Congress established National Poison Prevention Week on September 16, 1961 (P.L. 87-319). Shortly thereafter, the Poison Prevention Week Council was organized to coordinate this annual event and promote poison prevention.
National Poison Prevention Week, the third week in March each year, is a week nationally designated to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them.
Based on the above information, PCDIU participated this year for the first time in activities related to preventing poisoning in the Palestinian community.