The Cincinnati Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) has been serving Greater Cincinnati since the 1970s.  DPIC is currently part of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, located in the heart of Cincinnati. We serve Greater Cincinnati and Greater Akron, providing services to the public as well as the professional and healthcare communities. 

Our website includes information about first aid, poison prevention, common household plants, syrup of ipecac, dangerous gases, animals, drug identification and substance abuse and many educational and prevention materials. Looking for a national hotline number?  Look in our hotline phone list.  The National Poison Center Hotline is 1-800-222-1222.

About the Calls We Receive

In fiscal year 2013, the Drug and Poison Information Center received 90,127 calls. Someone was exposed to a drug or poison in 33 percent of the calls. 

Public Pill Identification

The Drug and Poison Information Center also provides pill identification services. With the help of an integrated voice response (IVR) system, our staff members are able to provide 24 / 7 / 365 pill identification. The program allows for surge capacity in peak times as well as simultaneous handling of multiple pill identification requests. The system is equipped to identify thousands of medications and provide detailed information on the type of drug, strength of drug and effects of the drug. If the IVR system is unable to identify a medication, a poison specialist is always available to complete the request and provide additional information.

Community Outreach and Education Programs

The Drug and Poison Information Center offers a variety of community outreach and training programs. DPIC specialists often speak with preschool-age children, youths, teens, adults, new parents, healthcare professionals, substance abuse professionals and more. Contact the DPIC if you are interested in one of our outreach and training programs.