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Reports of increased calls to Poison Control

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Posted at 7:33 AM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 07:33:26-04

(LEX 18) — Some Kentuckians are reportedly poisoning themselves as they fight COVID-19.

That's according to the Kentucky Poison Control Center.

Last month, the Center saw a 30% increase in overall exposure calls related to disinfecting agents.

That includes a 56% increase in poisonings from household cleaners, and a 30% increase in poisonings from hand sanitizers.

National data from the CDC shows a similar trend, and children under the age of 5 have been impacted the most by this increase.

Complaints include shortness of breath, dizziness and vomiting.

The Kentucky Poison Control Hotline is 1(800) 222-1222.