Becky Miller, Maine Health Educator, Northern New England Poison Center, has some advice for seniors. Northern New England Poison CenterMaineHealth, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102 1-800-222-1222 or www.nnepc.orgWho is the Northern New England Poison Center (NNEPC)?â€¢ The NNEPC is part of MaineHealth and located in Portland, Maine. â€¢ The center is a regional center managing calls from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.â€¢ The call center is available 24/7 with trained staff (nurses, pharmacists and toxicologists)â€¢ TTY and interpreter services are available 24/7.â€¢ NNEPC receives its funding from federal and state (ME, VT, NH) funds, MaineHealth and various federal and state grants. â€¢ Poison centers are considered part of the health care continuum and are able to share protected health care information with other health care facilities/providers under the HIPAA act.What type of calls does the center receive?â€¢ Exposure questions: (child ate some medication or piece of a plant, etc)â€¢ Attempted suicide, drug abuse and overdose cases that need further medical intervention in a hospital or by a health care provider (HCP). NNEPC works closely with the hospital or HCP to provide toxicological support (treatment recommendations, faxed information, toxicology consults, etc.)â€¢ Questions about pet exposuresâ€¢ General information requests such as:o pill identifications (identify pills by markings on the pill, etc), o possible medication interactions (example: would like to take a cold medicine with prescribed medicines, etc), o side effects from medications, o Environmental questions (lead poisoning, pesticide exposures, carbon monoxide, etc.)o Emergency preparednesso General poison prevention questionsDoes the NNEPC provide poison prevention education?â€¢ Each state has an educator with dedicated time for providing poison prevention outreach in their respective states.â€¢ Fact sheets, information, and blogs are available on the website at www.nnepc.orgâ€¢ The center is available 24/7 to answer questions â€“ does not need to be an emergency!â€¢ Newsletter articles/brochures/stickers and magnets – order from the website!â€¢ Presentations (some costs may need to be applied)Call the Northern New England Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 or visit our website at www.nnepc.org.