Preventing poisonings, program will send some Upstate University Hospital patients home with free prescription lock box
A grant will help the Upstate New York Poison Center keep Central New York children safe from unintentional poisonings with its lock box program.
The program helps Upstate University Hospital send certain patients home with a free lock box when they’re discharged.
In the fall of 2019, the center received a $1,500 grant from Advocates for Upstate to begin the program.
The center just received an additional $10,000 grant from the Upstate Foundation, giving them about 1,000 more boxes.
“We managed about 18,000 calls regarding children less than 6 years of age in 2019 and nearly half of those calls were due to unintentional exposures to medicines,” said Jeanna Marraffa, a clinical toxicologist and the assistant clinical director of the Upstate New York Poison Center at Upstate Medical University.