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, poison information center (PIC)
A poison control center (PCC) or poison information center (PIC) is a medical facility that is able to provide immediate, free, and expert treatment advice and assistance over the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous or hazardous substances. Poison Control Centers answer questions about potential poisons in addition to providing treatment management advice about household products, medicines, pesticides, plants, bites and stings, food poisoning, and fumes. More than 75% of poison exposure cases are managed simply by phone, greatly reducing the need for costly emergency room and doctor visits. In most countries around the world poison control centers can be reached toll-free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. In the US the number is 1-800-222-1222. The WHO maintains a worldwide directory.