Environmental Illness (cont.)
Who to Call
If you believe you have an environmental illness, first consider your symptoms. If your symptoms are severe (for example, you are having trouble breathing), you have ingested household chemicals, or you fear you may have a carbon monoxide leak in your home, call your Poison Control Center immediately. Otherwise, contact:
You may find it helpful to create a written exposure history to take to your doctor, to help identify the cause of your illness.
Other Places To Get Help
|Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)|
|1825 Century Boulevard|
|Atlanta, GA 30345|
|Web Address: ||www.atsdr.cdc.gov|
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, works to serve the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and disease related to toxic substances.
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for Environmental Health|
|1600 Clifton Road|
|Atlanta, GA 30333|
|Phone: ||(770) 488-7100 for CDC Emergency Response|
|Web Address: ||www.cdc.gov/nceh|
|National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences|
|111 T.W. Alexander Drive|
|P.O. Box 12233|
|Research Triangle Park, NC 27709|
|Phone: ||(919) 541-3345|
|Fax: ||(919) 541-4395|
|Web Address: ||www.niehs.nih.gov|
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) uses environmental health sciences to understand the causes of disease and to improve human health. NIEHS research focuses on complex human disease and calls for scientists to investigate a broad spectrum of disease factors including environmental agents, genetics, age, diet, and activity levels.
|National Library of Medicine: ToxTown|
|8600 Rockville Pike|
|Bethesda, MD 20894|
|Phone: ||1-888-FIND-NLM (1-888-346-3656)|
|Web Address: ||http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov|
The ToxTown website gives you information about toxic chemicals and environmental health risks that you might encounter in everyday life. It provides facts on everyday places where toxic chemicals may be found, and it gives information about how the environment can affect health. ToxTown includes common environmental hazards in towns, cities, farms, and U.S.-Mexico border communities. The site is interactive and very user-friendly. You click on simple graphics to be directed to specific information that you are interested in learning about.
|National Pesticide Information Center|
|Oregon State University|
|333 Weniger Hall|
|Corvallis, OR 97331-6502|
|Web Address: ||www.npic.orst.edu|
The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) is a cooperative effort between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The NPIC has fact sheets about pesticide safety issues relating to home and garden use, food, water, and pets. They also have detailed information about pesticide manufacturers, chemicals found in products, pesticide labels, and more.
|U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)|
|Ariel Rios Building|
|1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW|
|Washington, DC 20460|
|Phone: ||(202) 272-0167|
|Web Address: ||www.epa.gov|
The EPA's mission is to protect human health and safeguard the natural environment—air, water, and land—upon which life depends. It provides educational tools about environmental issues affecting health including pesticides, radon, water quality, mold, asbestos, and hazardous waste. The EPA website also provides contact information for hotlines and clearinghouses, and it contains a special section (www.epa.gov/epawaste/education/teens) with resources and games for teenagers.
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