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California Poison Control System - San Diego Division

Coping With Spiders, Snakes and Other Critters
Natural History Museum experts Michael Wall and Bradford Hollingsworth discuss how to remain on friendly terms with local spiders, snakes, bees, wasps, stingrays and jellyfish and Dr. Richard Clark of UC San Diego Health System explains what to do if you get bit or stung.

Welcome to the Home Page for the California Poison Control System, San Diego Division at the University of California San Diego (Formerly the San Diego Regional Poison Center).

The California Poison Control System (CPCS) is the statewide provider of immediate, free and expert treatment advice and assistance over the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous, hazardous or toxic substances. Call us toll-free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Trained health care professionals, who have many years of valuable experience handling poison cases, staff our center

By calling 1-800-222-1222 anywhere in California, you can obtain emergency information on:

  • Swallowing poison
  • Eye or skin irritation from toxic substances
  • Inhalation of noxious fumes or vapors
  • Animal, insect, snake and spider bites
  • Food or mushroom poisoning
  • Drug reactions
  • Attempted suicides or drug overdoses
  • Pet poisoning exposures

Calls are handled quickly, accurately, professionally and free-of-charge all over the state 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Consumer Hotline: 1-800-222-1222

Administration: 619-497-8501
AAPCC Certified Regional Poison Center

Visit the Statewide CPCS Web Site at www.calpoison.org.