Poison Control Centers Lose 25% of Its Funding!

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American Association of Poison Control Centers: Poison Centers Federal Appropriations Cut by Nearly 25 percent in Proposed FY 2011 Continuing Resolution;  Damaging Impact to States’ Ability to Help Citizens!

Alexandria, Va. –{U.S. poison centers suffered a nearly 25 percent cut in federal dollars in the proposed 2011 fiscal year continuing resolution agreed upon by House and Senate negotiators and released publicly on Tuesday – a damaging cut, but one far less brutal than originally proposed by the House of Representatives in H.R. 1.
The House of Representatives, in H.R. 1, had originally called for a 93 percent reduction in federal funding for America’s poison control system, a move that would have produced disastrous effects on public health. “We’re grateful that Congress has recommended that a majority of our 2011 federal dollars be restored in the final compromise,” said Richard Dart, M.D., Ph.D., president of the American Association of Poison Control Centers. “But we must be clear: These cuts are still extremely harmful for poison centers. The cuts come on top of budget cuts at the state level. Many centers are experiencing total cuts from all sources of 40 percent or more. It’s short-sighted to believe that centers can sustain these cuts and continue to provide the same level of service that they did before.”
Federal dollars account for roughly 20 percent of total funding for poison centers, with states and other non-federal sources funding most of the balance. Poison centers provide free and confidential medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and have been cited as a model for cost-effective health care delivery. “These cuts come during a time when poison centers are already facing enormous financial strain,” Dart said. “It’s too soon to know what these cuts mean. At best, callers to poison centers may have to wait
longer before talking to a medical expert. At worst, we may see more of our poison centers close.}

I went in to this website to verify facts I was reading about the sheer # of people who called in to the Poison Control Centers here in the U.S. for help because a child had accidentally ingested a potentially life-threatening toxic cleaning product.  It states that 92% of all poison exposures happen in the home.  And the truth is, it isn’t just ingestion that creates a poisoning effect.  It can be from breathing toxic fumes and by coming in to contact with toxic substances through the skin & eyes.

We bring products in to our homes every day that we assume are “safe” for us & our families because they’re available for purchase countrywide on the store shelves…But, nothing is further from the truth.  We, as consumers, need to make better choices in what we use in our homes!  Even the lotions, creams, soaps, shampoos, conditioners & deodorants contain toxic substances that can over time break down the immune systems and in combination with our toxic products under the bathroom & kitchen sinks create a home where the level of pollution is greater than the air we breathe outside the home.

There are solutions that do NOT have to break the family budget and that is a message we need to get out to the people.  I shout it out loud – I whisper it in the halls – but whatever I do, I want people to know it is because I care for them, their children, their grandchildren and this planet!

Call Me! – Email Me! – Let me show you how to live a richer and fuller life with better and safer products!

602-507-8558, distinctinspirations@gmail.com – Don’t let the next call to a Poison Control Center come from YOUR home phone!

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