Bioscience

Budget proposal would close UA’s poison control center

January 22, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Tucson Citizen, Heidi Rowley] – The University of Arizona’s poison control center in Tucson is at risk of being closed within the next month. 

According to a proposal by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, the funding for the center would be consolidated into the funds for the poison control center in Phoenix. 

The move would save the state $550,000 this year. 

The Tucson center receives 200 to 230 calls per day and serves all of Arizona, except for Maricopa County, which is served by the poison control center at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. That center receives about 325 calls per day.

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