About the Poison Center

The North Dakota Department of Health is responsible for assuring that emergency poison management services and poison prevention information are provided to the citizens of the State of North Dakota.

Emergency Poison Management is provided by the Minnesota Poison Control System, located at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis. The service is provided through a national toll-free number accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  The Minnesota Poison Control System is certified as a Regional Poison Control Center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).

Poison Prevention activities are provided by the North Dakota Department of Health, Injury Prevention Program.

Mission Statement

The mission of the North Dakota Poison Center is to assure that all residents and medical professionals have access to high quality and cost effective human poison information and treatment services. This is achieved through maintaining a strong, full service regional poison center that provides poison information and treatment guidelines, community education aimed at prevention of poisoning episodes, clinically based educations for health professionals, needed toxicology based research, and provision or support of other community services.

Summary

For North Dakota, calls to the national poison control phone number, 1-800-222-1222, are answered by the Minnesota Poison Control System. The substances most typically involved in reported exposures include the following: medications (over-the-counter and prescription), household cleaners and chemicals, as well as cosmetics and personal care products.