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Poison Hotline May Lose 2014 Funding, Close
The Illinois Poison Center helps more than 80,000 people a year, but after 2014, their doors may close. With a current half-million dollar budget deficit, this closure may come at a high price for all.
"We help a lot of people and we are really worried that if we do not get this funding we are facing closure," said Carol Deslauriers, operations manager of the Poison Center.
Deslauriers says the hotline has lost 40 percent of its funding since 2009. Much of that money is used to pay a staff of pharmacists, nurses and physicians who answer each call. All are specially trained in toxicology.
"The Poison Center is able to keep 90 percent of patients at home... So we`re able to prevent unnecessary ambulance visits and emergency room visits."
ABC NewsChannel 15's Kim Shine reports.