A spokeswoman for the Wyoming Department of Health is urging people to keep the phone number for the Wyoming Poison Center handy.

Kim Deti says help is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-222-1222. According to Andy Gienapp, the department of health's Emergency Medical Services manager, poisonings are the leading cause of death by injury. Here are some other related facts:

  • Most poisoning deaths are due to misuse and abuse of licit and illicit drugs.
  • In 2015, about 57 percent of all exposure cases involved pharmaceuticals. Other exposures were to household products, plants, mushrooms, pesticides, animal bites and stings, carbon monoxide and many other types of non-pharmaceutical substances.
  • Ingestion was the exposure route in almost 84 percent of 2015 cases. People were also exposed through the lungs, skin, eyes and other routes.

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