The telephone number for the Poison Center is toll free from anywhere inside the United States and some territories. When someone calls the Poison Center at the 800 number it connects them to their local poison center for help with emergencies. Translation services are available as well in 161 languages so even non-native English speakers can get assistance.
A majority of the calls that come into the center are handled without requiring a trip to the hospital. The Poison Center can also provide information about substances if someone is unsure if they could be poisonous as well. This is helpful to prevent emergencies before they happen.