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Californians will still be able to call the state’s Poison Control hotline if they need help. That’s because millions of dollars in federal funding is coming through to keep the center operating.
Over the summer the Legislature cut Poison Control’s budget in half. It was in danger of closing. Stu Heard heads up California Poison Control. Heard says eight million dollars in federal funds will keep the program operating. He says that’s a relief because the center fields about a thousand calls a day.
"Everyone in California can rest assured that at least through June of 2010 we’ll be available 24 hours a day to take their calls and help them out.”
Heard says more than half of the center’s calls are for children – for things like the kids getting into the bleach or medicine cabinet. He says now the center is waiting to see if it will get enough money from the state to keep running next year.