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Less funds and more possible budget cuts could cut services

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Dr. Jeanie Jaramillo, Texas Panhandle Poison Center Dr. Jeanie Jaramillo, Texas Panhandle Poison Center

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TX - Cutting services may be the future for the Texas Panhandle Poison Center.

Land line phones are how the Texas Panhandle Poison Center are able to provide services. When you make a long distance call in the state...there is a surcharge on your phone bill. That money goes to fund several state departments, but with land line phones becoming obsolete, The poison center's funding continues to dwindle.

"The surcharge currently goes into a pool for the state. Its enough to cover the current work we receive, but the state can distribute those funds however they choose. So if they feel those funds could be used elsewhere, those funds could go somewhere else." said Dr. Jeanie Jaramillo with the Texas Panhandle Poison Center.

Currently, the Texas Panhandle Poison Center handles 26 thousands calls a year, helping residents, and emergency responders through a poisonous situation.

We're told the state's entire poison center network helps Texans save 50 million dollars a year.

The center is also worried about losing even more funding with the proposed state budget cuts. They are expected to see a slash of nearly a third of their state funding following this legislative session.