News Release

January 28, 2004

Contact: Jane Shaskan, 860-679-4777

Poison Prevention Information Now Available in Braille

FARMINGTON, Conn. – Answers to questions such as, “What to do when a poison is inhaled or ingested?” and “What’s the best action if poison comes in contact with the skin or eyes?” are now available in Braille for the more than 65,000 Connecticut citizens who are visually impaired.

“The idea of making a Braille version came to me after being interviewed by a radio station geared to the visually impaired,” said Amy Hanoian, the poison center’s community education specialist. She initiated the Braille version and coordinated the project with the National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut that also translated and printed the Braille flyer. “One of our goals was to identify and address the needs of a minority population in the state,” said Hanoian. “A Braille language version of basic poison prevention information fit the bill.”

The flyer is also available in an English/Spanish version, and, coordinated with the Multicultural Health Task Force in Windham County, in Chinese and Haitian Creole, the fastest growing populations in the state.

To receive a copy of the flyer in the language of your choice, call 860-679-3531.

The Connecticut Poison Control Center is connected to the AT&T language line, and interpreters are available in all languages within five minutes, 24-hours a day. If you suspect a poisoning, don’t wait to see what happens. Call 1-800-222-1222. For more information about poison prevention, visit

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