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House Passes Engel Authored Bill to Reauthorize Funding for Poison Control Centers

House Passes Engel Authored Bill to Reauthorize Funding for Poison Control Centers

Legislation will help tackle the national opioid & vaping epidemics

Today the House of Representatives passed Congressman Eliot L. Engel’s bipartisan Poison Center Network Enhancement Act as part of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, H.R. 1865. This legislation would reauthorize funding for poison control centers such as the New York City Regional Poison Control Center, which serves NY-16, and other poison prevention activities such as a media campaign.

“Poison control centers are a critical part of our nation’s public health system,” said Congressman Engel. “These organizations are on the frontlines of combating the opioid epidemic by providing guidance to health care providers and American families responding to an overdose. They are also helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deal with the outbreak of lung-related illnesses among Americans vaping. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to get this legislation to the President’s desk for his signature.”

“The reauthorization of the poison center network is fantastic news for the residents of New York and our entire country,” said Dr. Mark Ryan, President of the American Association of Poison Control Centers. “We want to thank Representative Engel for his strong support, hard work and leadership to ensure that poison control centers can continue to provide free, expert medical advice throughout the United States and U.S. territories via the Poison Help hotline: 1-800-222-1222. Representative Engel’s constituents are well served by the New York City Poison Control Center.”

The Poison Center Network Enhancement Act would provide poison control centers with five years of funding, including the New York City Regional Poison Control Center, which assists residents in the Bronx and Westchester. It would also provide federal support for a nationwide media campaign to prevent and reduce exposure to toxic substances.