Illinois poison control calls down in 2012
CHICAGO — The Illinois Poison Center says it fielded almost 82,000 calls for help in 2012. That's down from nearly 87,000 a year earlier.
The center said in a news release Wednesday that almost 74,000 of the 2012 calls were for advice on treating someone actually exposed to a potentially harmful substance.
Center officials say calls may have dropped off because more people are seeking information online and because of federal funding cuts that led the Poison Center to scale back some operations.
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