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Kansas Poisoning Statistics

Did you know that poisoning is the leading cause of death due to injury in the U.S.?

  • In 2022, the Kansas Poison Center handled 17,829 calls from the public and from healthcare providers across the state
    • We received calls from all 105 counties and from every hospital in the State of Kansas.
  • One out of every 4 calls about poison exposures were from doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare providers needing assistance with the diagnosis, management and treatment of poisoned patients.
  • Approximately 90% of exposures occurred at a residence, but they can also occur in the workplace, schools or anywhere else.
  • Children under the age of 6 accounted for almost half of all exposures (40%). However, as in previous years, many of the more clinically serious cases occurred among teens & and adults.
  • Nearly 7 out of 10 cases were managed at the site of the call, which is usually at home.
  • The majority of the cases were a result of an unintentional exposure to a substance (70%); however, we are seeing an increase in intentional poisonings in recent years.
  • Pain relievers were the most common drug substance discussed on calls.
  • Household cleaners were the most common nondrug substance discussed on calls.