Poison control center in Tuscaloosa to close

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say the Alabama Poison Center at Shelton State Community College is set to close at the end of September.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that the closure comes after a decision by state lawmakers to cut the center’s funding.

The control center, which has a staff of 14, is scheduled to close Sept. 30. The center provides the public and health care professionals statewide with emergency information, via a 24-hour call center, in the case of poisonings. The center also provides educational resources to help prevent poisonings.

Officials say calls handled by the center will be transferred to the Regional Poison Control Center at Children’s of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham.

The Regional Poison Control Center plans to add about six new employees to accommodate the anticipated increase in calls.

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Information from: The Tuscaloosa News

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