Almost half involve children
More mushroom poisoning calls to 145
The number of mushroom poisonings increased by 25 percent in 2022 compared to the previous year. The number of consultations with the poisoning emergency number 145 increased by 2.5 percent last year compared to 2021.
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In the case of severe poisoning, the ambulance must be called. (icon picture)
As every year, a good 40 percent of the inquiries concerned children of preschool age, these are typically accidents, as Tox Info Suisse announced on Monday. In the case of young people, who make up around 10 percent of the calls, the focus is on intentional poisoning, especially attempted suicide and, to a lesser extent, substance abuse.
The advice on accidental poisoning had increased by 1001 inquiries (around three percent). In contrast, calls about suicide attempts fell by four percent after they had increased significantly in 2021 during the Covid-19 pandemic, especially among young people.
The Tox Info Suisse Foundation carried out a total of 40,582 consultations on poisoning last year.