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Information for First Responders

Post-overdose Response Team (PORT) Toolkit (PDF, 8.57 MB) Added 09/10/20

Fentanyl Safety for First Responders (PDF, 157 KB)

North Carolina Safer Syringe Initiative

Visit the North Carolina Safer Syringe Initiative for information about syringe exchange programs, opioid overdose prevention, and other harm reduction and treatment resources in North Carolina. 

Poison Help

Anyone who suspects they or someone else may have been poisoned or has a question about a poison should call the NC Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or chat online at to talk with one of their nurses or pharmacists.

Be prepared to give the nurse or pharmacist the following information:

  • Patient's Age
  • Patient's Weight
  • Patient's Medical History
  • Type of Exposure
  • Time of Exposure
  • Symptoms
  • Product Information - have container available.
  • Telephone Number

A poison is any substance that is harmful to your body when ingested (eaten), inhaled (breathed), injected, or absorbed through the skin. Any substance can be poisonous if enough is taken. This definition does not include adverse reactions to medications taken correctly.

See also: Unintentional Prescription Drug Poisoning

Poisoning Prevention Tips

Additional Information



Updated: September 10, 2020