Who We Are

The Carolinas Poison Center is designated as the official state poison control center for North Carolina. We are a not-for-profit telephone and chat resource center staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by registered nurses and pharmacists. We help both the public and healthcare providers. Medical and clinical toxicologists provide backup when needed and are available for consultations 24 hours a day. All of our services are given at no charge.

Mission Statement

To serve the people and healthcare professionals of North Carolina by providing information and assistance in the prevention, treatment, and surveillance of poisonings and overdoses.


The Carolinas Poison Center opened its doors in 1992 and provided service solely to Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. Dr. S. Rutherfoord "Ruddy" Rose served as the Center's first Managing Director, and Dr. Marsha Ford served as the Medical Director. They were assisted by three full-time and two part-time Specialists in Poison Information.

In September 1995, the Carolinas Poison Center became the designated state poison center for North Carolina and expanded its coverage area to the entire state. Carolinas Poison Center is currently one of 55 poison control centers in the United States and is certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC). Today, Rebecca Rembert serves as the Director of Operations and is joined by a staff of about 20 nurses, pharmacists, and doctors who respond to calls and chats from the public and healthcare providers.

How We Are Funded

The Carolinas Poison Center receives funding through state and federal grants and from individual donations. If you would like more information on how you can support the important work that we do, please visit our Donations link on www.NCPoisonCenter.org. We thank you for your generosity!

Our contact information

Carolinas Poison Center
P.O. Box 32861
Charlotte NC 28232-2861