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Jeanna Marraffa PHARMD with patient

Information for Seniors

The majority of poisonings in senior citizens involve prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbals, and vitamins. Most older adults do not think about taking too much medicine as a "poisoning."

The poison center recommends practicing safe use of medicine, both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC), to avoid an unintentional poisoning.

Keep the number of the Upstate New York Poison Center handy - 1-800-222-1222.

Education Programs for Seniors

The Upstate New York Poison Center offers programs for older adults and the safe use of medicines.

To schedule a program, call 315-464-7078.

Taking Your Medicines Safely

'Taking Your Medicines Safely Program' is a program that addresses the six questions to ask about any medication you are taking:

  • What is the name of the medicine?
  • What is the medicine for?
  • How often do I take the medicine?
  • What are the possible side effects?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of my medicine?
  • While taking this medicine, should I avoid drinking alcohol, driving, eating certain foods or drinking certain juices, taking certain over-the-counter or prescription medications, vitamins, herbals, or minerals?

View the Senior Safe Med Program

Poison Prevention

Look-Alike Flip charts are available for purchase or on loan (free) for senior groups interested in poison prevention. These materials are available from the poison center.

Educational brochures, telephone stickers, magnets & pens are available to seniors for free by simply filling out this form to request materials.