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Pleased With House Passage Of Legislation That Will Reauthorize Poison Control Programs Throughout The Nation

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Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, is pleased with today's vote in the House to reauthorize the Poison Control Program, administered by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The legislation was approved by an overwhelming vote.

Poison Control Centers provide treatment advice and educational services as well as collect poisoning data to detect instances of poisoning outbreaks. The HRSA Poison Control Program provides grants to certified Poison Control Centers in the US and programs to increase poison education, prevention and treatment. The Poison Control Program also maintains a website and national toll free number which connects callers with regional Poison Control Centers. Ros-Lehtinen has a Poison Control Center in her Congressional District.

H.R. 5669, the "Poison Center Support, Enhancement, and Awareness Act" will provide:

- $27.5 million per year for 2008 and 2009 as well as $35 million per year for the years 2010 through 2014 for the grant program, which would establish best practices for poison prevention and outreach. Also develops and implements standard patient management guidelines for common toxic exposures as well as support and expands toxicologic expertise within the poison centers.

- $2 million for 2008 and 2009 as well as $1 million per year for the toll free poison control telephone number for the years 2010-2014.

Said Ros-Lehtinen, "This legislation will continue supporting a good program that has literally saved countless lives throughout our nation. Its reauthorization is the correct thing to do and I am proud of its passage."

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