On June 18, the New Hampshire legislature has approved a funding transfer to pay for poison center services for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
This means that the Northern New England Poison Center will be able to continue taking calls from New Hampshire residents on July 1. However, the funding is only for the next fiscal year: July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. The state will still need to find a sustainable source of funding for future years.
The NNEPC answers about 20,000 calls each year from New Hampshire. More than 12,000 calls are about poisonings. The NNEPC helps almost 75% of callers with first aid they can do at home, keeping them out of doctor’s offices and emergency departments.
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