Pitt School of Pharmacy: In the Community

Patient Population
80% of calls- general public; 20% of calls-medical professionals.
Continuous: 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week
Pittsburgh Poison Center

The Pittsburgh Poison Center (PPC) provides emergency poison information and treatment advice to the residents of 44 counties of western and central Pennsylvania and has reduced the morbidity and mortality associated with both unintentional and intentional poison in children, adults and animals to areas served.

Services Provided

The Pittsburgh Poison Center responds to calls about accidental, intentional, environmental and occupational exposures that involve children, adults, senior citizens, and pets.


Staff and faculty conduct clinical and toxicosurveillance research on a variety of toxicology topics.


PPC has a long history of proactive involvement with the community and health care professionals. The center is home to "Mr. Yuk," the green-faced icon created in 1971 to keep children away from dangerous household chemicals. The poison control center continues to distribute millions of Mr. Yuk stickers throughout the country each year, along with other poison-education materials for consumers.

Poison Prevention: To obtain a free sheet of Mr. Yuk stickers, send a self-addressed and stamped business envelope to:

Free Mr. Yuk Stickers
Pittsburgh Poison Center
3705 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15213


Edward P. Krenzelok, PharmD, FAACT, DABAT
Pittsburgh Poison Center
3705 Fifth Avenue           
Pittsburgh, PA  15213

The toll-free number of the Pittsburgh Poison Center is 1-800-222-1222