• For the poison helpline call 1-800-222-1222

    Contact Us

    Environmental Surveillance and Toxicology Branch
    Poison Epidemiology
    PO Box 149347 MC 1964
    Austin, Texas 78714-9347

    Phone: 512-776-7268
    Fax: 512-776-7689

    epitox@dshs.texas.gov

Poison Epidemiology

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Our goal is to identify and prevent poisonings in Texas. A poison is anything that can harm your body if you eat, drink, breathe, inject, or touch too much of it.

Some common poisonings include:

  • Taking too much prescription medications
  • Inhaling pesticides
  • Snake bites
  • Illicit drug use

We track poisonings reported in Texas by:

  • Working with the Texas Poison Center Network (TPCN)
  • Investigating clusters of poisonous exposures and related illnesses
  • Monitoring controlled substance overdose surveillance data

Find more information about preventing accidental poisonings from CDC.gov.


Last updated October 5, 2020