UNITED STATES POISON CENTERS REPORT
VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS ARE SAFE
Dale Keifer. Life Extension Foundation, June, 2007
The safety of supplemental vitamins was recently confirmed by the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
The Association, which manages a national database of information logged by the country’s 61 poison control centers,
recently published its 2005 annual report in the journal Clinical Toxicology. 1
The lengthy report details all reported poison center contacts regarding exposure to toxic substances. While over the-counter
analgesics such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) were involved in numerous adverse events, no deaths occurred from exposure
to any form of vitamin supplement, including multivitamins and single vitamins (such as A, C, D, E, and B vitamins).1
The Orthomolecular Medicine News Service estimates that Americans consume more than 53 billion doses of supplemental
vitamins annually, making the safety of vitamins “all the more remarkable.” 2
The safety of vitamins was first confirmed in the first ten-year report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The first 10-year report showed no deaths from vitamins, 2584 deaths from OTC drugs, like aspirin, and over a 1,000,000 deaths
from doctor prescribed drugs. Vitamins were shown to be at least a million times safer than prescription drugs.