In 1971, Mr. Yuk™ was created by the Pittsburgh Poison Center. Since then, Mr. Yuk has been used to educate children and adults about poison prevention and to promote poison center awareness. In addition, Mr. Yuk has raised awareness that poison centers are available 24 hours-a-day, every day of the year to assist in the management of poisoning emergencies.
Every Mr. Yuk sticker contains the national toll-free poison help telephone number: 1-800-222-1222
Last year alone the Pittsburgh Poison Center distributed several million Mr. Yuk stickers. Americans have introduced him to children in Europe, Asia and Iceland. Corporations have placed his face on the product labels of hazardous materials, and publishing companies have used the symbol in textbooks and standardized texts to represent poisons. Mr. Yuk was the first poison education symbol in the nation.
The Pittsburgh Poison Center answers calls 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week and serves nearly 6 million residents in 44 counties of Pennsylvania. The center receives approximately 150,000 calls each year. It also developed a hospital-based poison treatment system involving 70 hospitals in western Pennsylvania. Several national businesses and industrial corporations rely on the center for poison consultation. Poison Center staff are highly trained clinical toxicology nurse specialists.