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Siouxland leaders push for more money for Iowa's Poison Control Center

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) -- Funding for Iowa's Poison Control Center, based in Sioux City, has decreased over the years.

And that, has some Siouxland leaders concerned. So, they brought this issue to Iowa's state capitol during a meeting with the governor and local lawmakers.

The Iowa Poison Control Center gets the majority of their funding from the state government.

But in recent years, that funding has fallen short by $400,000 to be exact.

Poison control officials say that means their efforts could be outsourced to other states meaning a loss of support for area hospitals.

Linda Kalin, the Executive Director of the Iowa Poison Control center, met with Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds to elaborate upon those concerns, along with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.

Kalin says the poison control center works with medical centers to keep 90% of poisoned individuals out of hospitals saving time and money by providing services outside of the emergency room.

The outsourcing of that activity to other states could mean a bigger hassle for hospitals to diagnose patients.

"We've tried a number of things. We have hospitals all contributing now to the poison center, we have some private grants, but the public support is, we're at a critical point. We need this to sustain our operations," said Linda Kalin, executive director of the Iowa Poison Control Center.

Governor Branstad says he understands the importance of the funding and that he would push for it during this legislative session. Both the Governor and Kalin sounded optimistic that funding could be allocated to the center.

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