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Healthcare Systems Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

HRSA's Healthcare Systems Bureau (HSB) protects the public health and improves the health of individuals through an array of programs that provide national leadership and direction in targeted areas. HSB oversees the nation’s organ, bone marrow and cord blood donation and transplantation systems, poison control and vaccine injury compensation programs, and a drug discount program for certain safety-net health care providers. HSB's Organ Donation and Transplantation programs extend and enhance the lives of individuals with end-stage organ failure for whom an organ transplant is the most appropriate therapeutic treatment. HSB also manages Hill-Burton free or reduced-cost care programs.

Review Date: August 02, 2011

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National Pesticide Information Center, Oregon State University

NPIC provides objective, science-based information about a wide variety of pesticide-related topics, including: pesticide product information, information on the recognition and management of pesticide poisonings, toxicology and environmental chemistry. Highly trained specialists also provide referrals for the following: investigation of pesticide incidents, emergency treatment information, safety information, health and environmental effects, and clean-up and disposal procedures. NPIC has a toll-free telephone service available to anyone in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands including the general public, the hearing impaired, and medical, veterinary, and other health care professionals. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 to 3:30 p.m. PST. Voicemail and email are available for after hour inquiries. We have Spanish speaking specialists to assist with pesticide questions and provide service in over 170 different languagesincluding Mandarin, French and German. Pesticide information is also available by visiting our new, user-friendly website at http://npic.orst.edu. Both our full-color English and Spanish brochures are available online. Other outreach materials are available upon request. NPIC is a cooperative effort between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Review Date: June 15, 2011

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent federal regulatory agency that was created in 1972 by Congress in the Consumer Product Safety Act. CPSC has jurisdiction over about 15,000 types of consumer products, from automatic-drip coffee makers to toys to lawn mowers. Some types of products, however, are covered by other federal agencies. For example, cars, trucks and motorcycles are covered by the Department of Transportation; drugs and cosmetics are covered by the Food and Drug Administration; alcohol, tobacco and firearms are covered by the Department of the Treasury. CPSC works to reduce the risk of injuries and deaths from consumer products by: developing voluntary standards with industry; issuing and enforcing mandatory standards: banning consumer products if no feasible standard would adequately protect the public; obtaining the recall of products or arranging for their repair; conducting research on potential product hazards; informing and educating consumers through the media, state and local governments, private organizations, and by responding to consumer inquiries.

Review Date: February 20, 2009

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American Association of Poison Control Centers

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) is a nationwide organization of poison centers and interested individuals. The objectives of AAPCC are to (1) provide a forum for poison centers and interested individuals to promote the reduction of morbidity and mortality from poisonings through public and professional education and scientific research and (2) set voluntary standards for poison center operations. Activities provided by AAPCC include development of public and professional education programs, certification of regional poison centers and poison center personnel, and interaction with private and government agencies whose activities influence poisoning and poison centers.

Review Date: April 18, 2014

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American College of Medical Toxicology

The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) is a professional, nonprofit association of physicians with recognized expertise in medical toxicology. Medical Toxicology is a medical subspecialty focusing on the diagnosis, management and prevention of poisoning/toxicity and other adverse health effects due to medications, chemicals, occupational and environmental toxins, and biological hazards. Medical Toxicology is officially recognized as a medical subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The ACMT is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of medical toxicology.

Review Date: May 04, 2009

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American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide. Founded by Henry Bergh in 1866, it was the first humane organization to be granted legal authority to investigate and make arrests for crimes against animals. The organization provides local and national leadership in three key areas: caring for pet parents and pets, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals and serving victims of animal cruelty. ASPCA is a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than 1 million supporters across the country.

Review Date: September 20, 2010

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Poison Prevention Week Council

The National Poison Prevention Week Council includes 33 members representing national organizations and federal agencies with an interest in and commitment to programs aimed at preventing unintentional poisonings. The council coordinates the National Poison Prevention Week during the third week in March each year to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. In honor of this awareness week, the council conducts a nationwide poster contest to engage the community in helping to ensure the safety of children and adults.

Review Date: August 26, 2011

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