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house Bill H.R. 501

Should Poison Control Centers Be Reauthorized Through 2024?

Argument in favor

Poison control centers save lives, serve as an important line of defense against the opioid epidemic, help collect information about substance abuse, and disseminate important information about poison control. By preventing unnecessary ER visits, they help save the healthcare system — and individuals — $1.8 billion a year.

Kathy's Opinion
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02/25/2019
As an emergency department nurse I know this service is vital. Why is this an issue? This should be permanent
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Rebekah 's Opinion
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02/24/2019
This is common sense and saves 1.8 billion every year. It’s exactly the kind of collective assistance and coordination the federal government is supposed to provide — NOT enriching corporations or Wall Street who pay no taxes.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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02/25/2019
This should be automatic. This shouldn’t even come up for debate in this society of Tide Pod eaters.
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Argument opposed

There’s no need to maintain a nationwide network of over 50 poison control centers. Rather than paying over half a million dollars to maintain a poison control center in each state, it’d be better to consolidate all U.S. poison control centers into one large call center that serves the entire country.

operaman's Opinion
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02/25/2019
Ask the question as to why taxpayers are paying for Poison Control Center? It's because the states are skirting their fiduciary responsibility. The states are like rats being fed by the Federal Government. They breed and returns to the government trap for a handout. Ever dollar the states save can be applied towards wind power or a dream train project to nowhere.
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AvaN's Opinion
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02/25/2019
There really is no need to have one in every state. Let’s have one and the funding go to that. No need to spend $18 billion over the course of five years to have a center in every state.
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Ronald's Opinion
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02/25/2019
This is a local concern. States should handle, and fund this. Get our Federal Out of this, and all State issues.
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      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
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      Health
    IntroducedJanuary 11th, 2019
    As an emergency department nurse I know this service is vital. Why is this an issue? This should be permanent
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    Ask the question as to why taxpayers are paying for Poison Control Center? It's because the states are skirting their fiduciary responsibility. The states are like rats being fed by the Federal Government. They breed and returns to the government trap for a handout. Ever dollar the states save can be applied towards wind power or a dream train project to nowhere.
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    This is common sense and saves 1.8 billion every year. It’s exactly the kind of collective assistance and coordination the federal government is supposed to provide — NOT enriching corporations or Wall Street who pay no taxes.
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    This should be automatic. This shouldn’t even come up for debate in this society of Tide Pod eaters.
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    This seems like one of those rare times a government program saves lives and more money that it costs to run. It should be renewed.
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    The fact that this is even being asked is unsettling. Of it course should be funded.
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    They save lives AND money....where's the bad?
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    There really is no need to have one in every state. Let’s have one and the funding go to that. No need to spend $18 billion over the course of five years to have a center in every state.
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    Saving money by refunding the centers is certainly important but saving lives by refunding the centers is fundamentally imperative.
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    Absolutely. This is a no brainer
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    Seriously? This shouldn’t be a blip on the radar. Something as key to saving lives like this shouldn’t be a question.
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    This is a local concern. States should handle, and fund this. Get our Federal Out of this, and all State issues.
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    Funding for poison control centers save 1.8 billion annually making this bill imperative to pass. Poison control centers saves lives, decreases unneeded ER visits , and acts as a resource to medical professionals when expertise out of their specific knowledge base is needed. Arguements state that this could be handle from one central poison control center instead of individual units across the states. This could be a more long term goal but in the mean time this funding will save lives and money.
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    This is beyond right or left wing politics. It’s about people. It’s more expensive but keep it local. “one giant call center” will de-evolve Into a system like a software help line. You know how well that works.
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    Yes, keeping protections for children is a good thing.
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    This seems like the most obvious government program to renew! Poison control centers provide a critical lifeline for Americans who may have consumed a toxic substance. Reauthorize it now!
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    Why is this even a question?
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    Poison control centers have saved many lives. Please vote to fund them all.
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    I think Poison Control is an important Health center that we need in existence.
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    Keep funding the poison control program. I know there are some that disagree, so let them poison themselves, but people should have a resource to deal with accidents and mishaps.
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