POISON PREVENTION WEEK
American Academy of Clinical Toxicology
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association of Poison Control Centers
American College of Emergency Physicians
American Dental Association
American Pharmacists Association
American Public Health Association
American Red Cross National Headquarters
American Society for Testing and Materials
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc.
Closure Manufacturers Association
Consumer Healthcare Products Association
Consumer Specialty Products Association
Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association
Food Marketing Institute
Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council
Home Safety Council
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Community Pharmacists Association
National Safety Council
Pharmaceutical Care Management Association
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
SAFE KIDS Worldwide
The Soap and Detergent Association
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
U.S. Department of Agriculture—Cooperative State Research, Education,
and Ext. Service
U. S. Food and Drug Administration
Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
A Profile of the Poison Prevention Week Council
Public Law 87-319 (approved September 26, 1961) requested the President annually to designate the third week in March as National Poison Prevention Week. The observance, sponsored by the Poison Prevention Week Council, was designed to alert the American people to the problem of unintentional poisonings. For the past 46 years, National Poison Prevention Week has focused on preventing poisonings among children under 5 years of age.
The Poison Prevention Week Council provides a focal point for the 33 members' activities, coordinating plans and avoiding duplication of efforts. The Council publishes annually a "List of Materials" and an "Editor's Fact Sheet." The Council, through the Secretariat, also drafts the Presidential proclamation. It also produces an "Annual Report" which reflects the activities among the various participating organizations and serves as an idea mill for community groups looking for programming possibilities. The Council also coordinates the annual news conference, provides advice about poison prevention activities, and distributes the Council's materials. We have a web site: www.poisonprevention.org
Membership on the Council is limited to national organizations with an interest in and commitment to programs aimed at preventing unintentional poisonings. Many of the members contribute financially to the Council, which permits the preparation of the materials described above. There are no membership dues, but these voluntary contributions are the vital ingredients in making the Council independent and the program a successful one. In addition to these contributions, each member organization devises a program reflecting its own interest in the general area of poison prevention and promotes it directly (through radio, TV, or print media) or indirectly (through its chapters or affiliates). Several corporate contributors have made general donations to the Council's work, including funds for our poster and for this annual report.
The Council meets several times a year to plan the annual observance, update the website and manage the poster contest. Conference calls are held monthly. Meetings are open to all Council members.
Officers are elected for two-year terms, with the vice-chairman designated the Chairman-elect.
The current officers and their affiliations are:
• Chairman, Kristin Lolmaugh, National Safety Council
• Vice-Chairman, Deborah Fanning, Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc.
• Secretary, Holly Wells, U.S. American Association of Poison Control Centers
• Treasurer, S. Rutherfoord Rose, American Association of Poison Control Centers
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