Our Mandate

The Ontario Poison Centre / Centre antipoison de l'Ontario (OPC / CAPO) is a telephone toxicology consultation service that provides expert poison advice 24 hours a day to the public, emergency service personnel and health-care professionals across the province. The OPC participates in the ongoing care of the poisoned patient by following the clinical course of hospitalization, assessing the effectiveness of treatment recommendations and providing additional treatment recommendations. Our toxicology experts will collaborate with other health-care professionals to advocate for optimal, current and evidence-based care of the poisoned patient.

In addition to its primary role, the OPC collects statistical data on poison exposures, develops and distributes poison prevention education, provides toxicology training and participates in research.