The Banner Poison and Drug Information Center was established in 1979 and is accredited by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. It provides a free 24-hour service for healthcare providers and residents of Maricopa County, home to 60% of the state's 6.8 million residents (2015 US Census Bureau estimate). The center receives over 50,000 human exposure calls per year and is staffed by nurses and pharmacists trained in the recognition and assessment of poisonings, first aid treatment, and drug information.
The poison center also serves as a referral source for patients from throughout much of the state needing specialized medical toxicology care. Physicians in the Department of Medical Toxicology provide medical direction and on-call backup for the BPDIC.
If you are in Arizona and have an out-of-state cell phone, dial 602-253-3334 to reach the Banner Poison and Drug Information Center.