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Senate passes Rep. Roskam's poison center bill

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 5:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 2:40 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – The U.S. Senate has given the green light to a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) named the Poison Center Network Act intended to ensure that poison control centers receive the resources they need to save lives.

The bill now moves to the president's desk for signing.

“Poison Control Centers are vital to the safety of our communities and the efficiency of our hospitals," Roskam said. "Every year poison centers save thousands of Emergency Room visits, and for every $1 of funding for poison centers, the government saves over $13 in reduced health care costs and lost productivity. This legislation ensures poison centers can continue to give lifesaving advice and provide assistance in emergencies to keep our loved ones safe.”

To promote the bill, he recently hosted an event with the IPC and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove to emphasize the need for poison centers and the bill that helps fund them. He also posted a message to YouTube explaining the bill.

You can view the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJK9pkIV8Is&feature=youtu.be.

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