Who’s calling the Minnesota Poison Control Hotline?

“Poison Control,” answers Renee Petroski, a poison information provider of 24 years.

“That’s the rewarding part about the job,” says Minnesota Poison Control  System director Samantha Lee, “caring that moms thank you so much. For us, it’s like a daily thing, hearing about babies eating butt paste and stuff. But for the moms who call, it’s their first time.”

When people call with a poisoning problem from home, adds Dr. Jon Cole, Minnesota Poison Control System medical director, “the vast majority of the time, we can safely keep you at home and avoid an emergency department visit.”