Evaluation of a community-based poison education program

Clin Toxicol. 1978 Dec;13(5):623-9. doi: 10.3109/15563657808988267.


This study suggests that: (1) a program directed at a specific town and coordinated by a local community group is more effective in transmitting poison control knowledge than is a statewide poison prevention week effort; (2) that transmission of educational material is optimized through programs directed at a specific age group (in this study ages 6 through 14); and, (3) that information about where to get the poison center number and actual acquisition of Ipecac syrup in homes was well transmitted.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Community Health Services*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Health Education*
  • Humans
  • Ipecac / therapeutic use
  • Massachusetts
  • Poisoning / drug therapy
  • Poisoning / prevention & control*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Ipecac