CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A spokesperson with the West Virginia Poison Control Center said Monday it is in danger of closing with additional state budget cuts that would impact the federal money it receives.

Community Outreach Coordinator Carissa McBurney said the center could lose as much as $114,000 from a 7.5 percent state budget cut and matching federal cut.

The center currently has eight full-time nurses, a director and two part-time employees. It answers calls 24/7 365 days a year.

The Poison Center was very busy in the days after the Jan. 9 Elk River chemical spill that impacted parts of nine West Virginia counties. McBurney said the center was answering a call a minute for several days.

 

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Comments

  • FRANK

    WITH INTERNET ACCESS A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER CAN FIND HOW TO TREAT OR IS AN EXPOSURE IS THREATENING THEMSELVES A POISONING THEMSELVES. IS THE POISON CONTROL CENTER REALLY NEEDED? NO.

    • joeyjojo

      Who needs a Dr? We have the internet!!! Genius!!!

      • Plopaganda

        Yeah, I mean, what could a trained and licensed medical professional possibly tell you that WebMD couldn't?

  • CaptainQ

    This is political stupidity at it's finest!

    Close the Poison Control Center months after the state's largest public water system got POISONED! If that emergency didn't prove the value of the Poison Control Center, nothing else will.

    Why does this idiotic move not surprise me?