(CBS) — Every year, the Illinois Poison Control Center handles nearly 82,000 poison related cases. Nearly half of them involve children. Dr. Michael Wahl says each year, they lose more funding.
“We’re actually running a loss right now. We are losing at about a half a million dollars a year. We are looking at closure in 2014 unless we can increase revenue somewhere,” said Wahl.
The IPC receives about $1.3 million in state funding each year but Wahl says that’s not enough.
“It’s not sustainable. We are losing a half a million dollars a year.”