The mission of the Texas Poison Control Program is to reduce the morbidity, mortality, and costs associated with poisonings. This goal is accomplished by:
- Providing around the clock telephone access to poison control specialists.
- Educating Texas residents and children on how to prevent poisonings.
The Poison Control Program was created in 1993 by Texas Senate Bill 773, which was a cooperative effort among the six Texas Regional Poison Centers, The Texas Department of Health (TDH now DSHS) and the Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC).
In 2009, the 81st Legislature passed House Bill 1093 which transferred all responsibilities of administration of the program to the CSEC as of May 1, 2010.