Summary: S.686 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

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Public Law No: 108-194 (12/19/2003)

(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the House on November 20, 2003. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Poison Control Center Enhancement and Awareness Act Amendments of 2003 - (Sec. 3) Amends the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide coordination and assistance to regional poison control centers for a nationwide toll-free phone number. Authorizes appropriations through FY 2009.

Directs the Secretary to establish a national media campaign to educate the public and health care providers about poison prevention and the availability of local poison control resources, and to conduct advertising campaigns concerning such nationwide toll-free number. Authorizes the Secretary to enter into contracts with one or more nationally recognized media firms for the development and distribution of related monthly television, radio, and newspaper public service announcements. Authorizes appropriations through FY 2009.

Directs the Secretary to award grants to certified (with a discretionary five-year maximum certification waiver) regional poison control centers for: (1) center financial stability; and (2) poison prevention and treatment. Directs the Secretary to: (1) develop standardized poison prevention and poison control promotion programs; (2) develop standard patient management guidelines for commonly encountered toxic exposures; (3) improve and expand poison control data collection systems; (4) improve national toxic exposure surveillance by enhancing activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry; (5) expand toxicologic expertise within poison control centers; and (6) improve poison control center capacity to answer high call volumes during a national crisis. Authorizes appropriations through FY 2009.

(Sec. 4) Repeals the Poison Control Center Enhancement and Awareness Act.