Education Materials

The Maryland Poison Center has a selection of educational materials and poison safety information available.

If you require an accessible version of the content provided on this website, please contact Emily Paterson, MPH, CHES®, public education and communications manager for the Maryland Poison Center.

Order Educational Materials:

For Home Use:

  • Request a Poison Safety Packet
    Marylanders in our service area are invited to request poison safety information, Mr. Yuk stickers, telephone stickers, and a magnet for their home.

For Other Use:

  • Maryland Poison Center Educational Materials
    Marylanders in our service area can order educational materials in larger quantities. Limited quantities are available at no cost for most items. Materials available include: brochures, Mr. Yuk stickers, telephone stickers, magnets, posters, pencils, and teacher resource kits.

Downloadable Educational Materials:

Explore the links below for poison prevention information that can be downloaded and printed for use in your home, school, or workplace.

Poison Center Brochure:

Every 8 Seconds Someone Needs A Poison Center...Could You Be Next?
Printed versions of this brochure are available in English and Spanish through the Maryland Poison Center's online store. Visit this section to download the brochure in additional languages.

General Poison Information Sheets:

Babysitting and Poison Safety
Babysitters should include this reference in their babysitting tool kit.

Bites and Stings
Information about critters found in Maryland.

Carbon Monoxide
Important information about this silent killer.

Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine
Important information on two medicines being studied to treat coronavirus (COVID-19).

Common Plants
Refer to this list of common plants for information about whether they are safe to have in and around your home. Note that not all plants are listed. Plants that do not appear on the list cannot be assumed to be non-toxic. Contact the Poison Center if the plant you are looking for does not appear on the list.

E-Cigarettes and Nicotine
Important information about available products, health effects and prevention tips.

Important information about edible cannabis products containing THC or CBD.

First Aid for Poisoning
Immediate steps to take when you suspect that a poisoning has occurred.

Hand Sanitizer
Discover important facts about the use and safety of these popular products.

*Disclaimer- after this information sheet was posted, the FDA has listed multiple hand sanitizers that may contain methanol. These products can be harmful if applied to the skin or ingested. Check the do not use list to ensure your hand sanitizer is not on it. If your product is not on the list, it is safe to proceed with the information as follows.*

Insect Repellents
Important information about the safe use of insect repellents.

Maryland Poison Center
General information about services offered through the Maryland Poison Center.

Medicine Disposal
Information about the FDA-recommended way to dispose of medicines at home, plus web-link for permanent prescription drop-off locations in Maryland. To learn which medications can be flushed, visit the FDA Medication Disposal Information webpage.

Medicine Safety
Information about safe use and disposal of medicine.

Medicine Tracker
Keep a list of all of your medicines (prescription, OTC, supplements, and vitamins) on this handy tool to make it easy to share the info with your doctor and pharmacist. Print the tool double-sided to keep all of your medical information in one place. Also provides questions you should ask your doctor when you are prescribed a new medicine.

Older Adults
Poison safety information specific to older adults.

Poison Proofing
Follow these steps to help keep you and your family poison-safe.

Poison Safety Checklist
Keep your family poison-safe by using our checklist to tour your house and ensure that household products and medicines are stored properly. Also available in Spanish

Synthetic Marijuana
Discover important information about this dangerous substance of abuse.

Holiday/Seasonal Poison Information Sheets:

Halloween Poison Safety
Keep your little goblins safe on Halloween by following these safety tips. Also available in Spanish

Holiday Poison Safety
Information about common holiday poison hazards.

Spring Poison Safety
Information about common springtime poison hazards.

Summer Poison Safety
Information about common summertime poison hazards. View a one-minute video of summer poison safety tips.

Fall Poison Safety
Information about common fall/autumn poison hazards.

Winter Poison Safety
Information about common wintertime poison hazards. View a one-minute video of winter poison safety tips.