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By Dana Dean

St. Louis (KSDK) -- The Missouri Poison Cecnter is getting fewer phone calls and it is not a good thing.

The Missouri Poison Center is concerned because they think people are searching the Internet for answers to poison-related questions instead of calling them right away.

This past August, for example, they received about 300 fewer calls than August 2011.

This past September, they received 32 fewer calls than September 2011.

This past October, they received 14 fewer calls than October 2011.

But it's not just Missouri Poison Center, this is a nationwide trend.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers recently launched a social media campaign to try and reach young adults.
They hope e-posters going around Facebook and Twitter will get their message across that people should call a poison center instead of going online for medical information.

While many may feel the anonymity of the Internet helps them avoid embarrassment, they may not realize poison centers are free and confidential to call, plus you get immediate answers from nurses, pharmacists, and physicians.

Julie Weber, Director for Missouri Poison Center, said, "We'll get a call saying they've been searching on the internet for 15-20 minutes. Where that time is very valuable to start that type of treatment at home so you need to not take that time to Google it but to come and call the professionals."

1-800-222-1222 is the number for both the Missouri and Illinoispoison centers.

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