Upstate News

March 16, 2003
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

City, county leaders to proclaim March as Poison Prevention Month

Onondaga County Executive Nicholas Pirro and Syracuse Mayor Matthew Driscoll will sign a proclamation Wednesday, March 19, acknowledging March as Poison Prevention Month. The 10 a.m. ceremony will take place in the County Executive’s Office in the John Mulroy Civic Center.

[b]Editors: Representatives from the Central New York Poison Center will be at the proclamation signing and will be available to answer questions. A family will also speak about the poison center’s role in saving the life of their child.[/b]

Being honored by the Poison Center for supporting and promoting the center are: James Callahan, M.D, a pediatrician and an emergency room physician at University Hospital; Phil Politano, public information officer and community education manager at Rural Metro Corp.; and the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department.

The Central New York Poison Center is a regional certified center of the American Association of Poison Control Centers and is affiliated with University Hospital of the State University of New York Upstate Medical University. It handles more than 50,000 calls annually.

For poison emergency information, call the Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.

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