• 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

Texas Poison Center Networks

Texas Poison Center Network (TPCN) was created in 1993. Texas has six regional poison centers that provide 24-hour access to free immediate medical advice for Texans. Anyone can access these services by calling a 24-hour, toll-free hotline, any day of the year. Physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and educators trained in toxicology answer all calls.

These centers help provide the public, hospitals, emergency responders, and health care providers with information and treatment for:

  • Poisonous substances
  • Hazardous substances
  • Adverse reactions to food, plants, and other substances
  • Bites and stings
  • Drug overdoses
  • And more!

TPCN provide other services that include:

  • Answering public questions during health emergencies
  • Educating the public and health professionals about accidental poisonings
  • Referring callers to the nearest hospital and assisting in treatment

DSHS supports TPCN by:

  • Analyzing poison center call data to find poisoning trends and patterns in Texas
  • Tracking poison center calls related to emergency events
  • Providing data on exposures of concern
  • Fulfilling data requests

Calls to poison centers are voluntary and confidential. Callers can give as much or as little information as they want.

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Regional Poison Centers

Each of the poison centers are members of and certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC). The poison centers answer calls according to their designated geographic areas in Texas. The centers are part of host hospitals, linked by a sophisticated telecommunications network.

Texas Poison Center Map

Click on map to enlarge. Texas Poison Center Map (PDF)

Central Texas Poison Center
Scott & White Memorial Hospital – Temple

North Texas Poison Center
Dallas County Hospital District – Dallas

Texas Panhandle Poison Center
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – Amarillo

Southeast Texas Poison Center
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

South Texas Poison Center
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

West Texas Regional Poison Center
University Medical Center and El Paso County Hospital District

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Additional Information

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Last updated October 5, 2020