POISON ALERT UPDATE: Pyridoxine injectable is backordered. See recommendations.


  • Aug 2, 2019

    Update Pyridoxine Backorder

    New information has been received regarding a shortage of Pyridoxine injectable. The Ontario Poison Centre has recommendations for alternative treatment in this time of shortage.

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  • Jul 19, 2019

    Anticipated Leucovorin Shortage

    The OPC has recently been made aware of an anticipated shortage of folinic acid injectable (Leucovorin (R)), a drug used in the treatment of certain poisonings. The centre has made recommendations for management during this shortage.

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  • Jul 15, 2019

    Anticipated Pyridoxine Shortage

    The OPC has been alerted to an anticipated shortage of pyridoxine, a drug used in the treatment of certain poisonings. The centre has recommendations for management during this time of shortage.

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  • May 24, 2019

    Acetaminophen overdose guideline update

    As the implementation date approaches, more detailed information regarding the new treatment guidelines has been posted.

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  • Mar 26, 2019

    Changes to acetaminophen overdose treatment recommendations are delayed

    Due to overwhelming feedback from partner hospital, the implementation of new treatment guidelines for acetaminophen overdoses has been delayed until June 4, 2019.

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  • Mar 19, 2019

    Changes to Acetaminophen Overdose Treatment

    Ontario Poison Centre will be introducing new treatment guidelines for acetaminophen overdoses starting April 2, 2019.

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  • Jan 7, 2019

    BAL on Back Order

    The chelator antidote known as British Anti-Lewisite (BAL) is currently on back order. OPC has recommendations for management.

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  • Sep 10, 2018

    eHealth Ontario Collaboration

    Ontario Poison Centre will now be able to access lab results submitted to the Ontario Laboratory Information System

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  • Aug 2, 2018

    Updated Opioid Resuscitation Recommendations

    The Ontario Poison Centre has examined current evidence to provide an update on our recommendations for the management of the opioid-overdosed patient.

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  • Apr 25, 2018

    Contaminated Street Drug Supply

    The Ontario Poison Centre (OPC) has been made aware of two separate issues potentially affecting the current street drug supply. Substances impacted include Synthetic Cannabinoids and Kratom. Read the OPC alert.

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  • Mar 6, 2018

    Durham Region Warning

    Durham Region Health Department has issued release warning of look-alike Xanax tablets being sold on the street

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  • Jan 18, 2018

    Laundry Pod Challenge

    The Ontario Poison Centre warns of the dangers of ingesting single-use laundry packets

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  • Oct 18, 2017

    Ontario Poison Centre Celebrates 40 years!

    The Ontario Poison Centre has been providing telephone advice since 1967. Recently, we hosted an event celebrating the last 40 years.

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  • Aug 15, 2017

    French Website Launched!

    As of August 15, 2017 www.ontariopoisoncentre.ca will be available in both English and French! Learn more!

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  • Jun 16, 2017

    Sodium Bicarbonate Shortage

    Due to a nationwide shortage of Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, the Ontario Poison Centre has developed alternate treatment recommendations to be used in specific cases of poisonings.

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  • Jan 26, 2017

    Activated Charcoal Back Order

    Health Canada has recalled certain lots of Activated Charcoal. A link to the recall is provided in this news update.

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  • Jan 17, 2017

    New Opioid Management Guidelines

    In response to the current opioid crisis, the OPC has examined current evidence to provide recommendations for management of the opioid overdose patient.

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  • Nov 23, 2016

    Activated charcoal shortage: update for health-care providers

    The activated charcoal shortage continues to present challenges in the care of the poisoned patient. Please read this letter from Dr. Margaret Thompson, Medical Director, OPC for more information on alternative treatments.

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  • Nov 8, 2016

    Countrywide shortage of activated charcoal

    An update on the current countrywide shortage of Activated Charcoal

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  • Sep 26, 2016

    New acetaminophen labeling guidelines help consumers stay informed

    Health Canada's move to protect the consumer against inadvertent acetaminophen overdose is welcome. Providing clearer information and more obvious labeling of the pharmaceutical contents of a product may help to improve medication safety and prevent injury.

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  • Sep 23, 2016

    Foraging for wild mushrooms could cost you your liver, or your life

    There are thousands of species of mushrooms, and while many are safe to eat they can be very similar in appearance to the many mushrooms that are deadly.

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  • Jul 8, 2016

    Older adults at risk for medication error; tips to prevent unintentional poisoning

    On Wednesday, July 6 the Ontario Poison Centre (OPC) hosted a Twitter chat on this important topic. Common themes and key learnings emerged throughout the chat.

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  • Jun 17, 2016

    Join us for a Twitter chat!

    You're invited to join us for a Twitter chat on the topic of Medication Safety for Older Adults from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, July 6.

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  • Jun 7, 2016

    Overdose Alert from Toronto Public Health

    There have been eight overdoses due to heroin in downtown Toronto over the past three days. Please see the alert for details and tips to reduce harm.

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  • Apr 15, 2016

    Dangers of fentanyl and how to reduce the risk of harm

    Over the past few months many deaths related to drug overdoses and fentanyl have been reported across Canada.

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  • Apr 1, 2016

    OPC lit up the province for National Poison Prevention Week!

    The Ontario Poison Centre (OPC) recognized National Poison Prevention Week from March 20 to 26, 2016. This year, OPC chose to focus on the age group of seniors and older adults in an effort to dispel the myth that poisoning only happens to small children.

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  • Mar 18, 2016

    Poison Prevention - it's not just for the kids

    National Poison Prevention Week 2016 runs from March 20 to 26 and is recognized by poison centres across North America as an opportunity to spread awareness about the risk of poisonings in the community.

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  • Mar 9, 2016

    Snap a selfie for OPC swag!

    Help us spread the message of poison prevention during Poison Prevention Week 2016.

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  • Mar 8, 2016

    Health-care professionals: You're invited for Toxicology Grand Rounds - Poisonings in the Older Adult

    Join OPC and Dr. Joanne Ho, Geriatrician-Clinical Associate at Grand River Hospital and former fellow of OPC, for a special edition of Toxicology Grand Rounds.

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  • Dec 23, 2015

    OPC is always open - call us anytime, 24/7

    We're here to help over the holidays.

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  • Nov 30, 2015

    Tips to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

    Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless and tasteless toxic gas that can cause severe harm when inhaled. Protect yourself and your family!

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  • Nov 4, 2015

    New Website Launched!

    OPC launches new and improved website!

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  • Sep 18, 2015

    Pods Present Real Problem

    Individual soap packets, commonly used for laundry, car care, and dishwashing, pose a significant danger.

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  • Aug 27, 2015

    Wild Mushrooms are Dangerous

    Health warning issued regarding wild mushrooms.

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  • Jun 6, 2013

    New codeine recommendations

    Health Canada: codeine only recommended for children 12 years and older.

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  • Jun 3, 2013

    Prescription medication poisoning

    Rates in poisonings in children from prescription medication are rising.

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  • May 31, 2013

    Fentanyl overdoses

    Large incidence of fentanyl overdoses seen in British Columbia.

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  • May 27, 2013

    Poisons stored in drinking bottles

    An Ontario teenager has died from drinking methanol that was stored in a vodka bottle.

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  • Apr 22, 2013

    Cinnamon Challenge

    Swallowing cinnamon can cause lung injury and choking.

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  • Feb 27, 2013

    Synthetic marijuana

    Increased risk of harm associated with "synthetic marijuana" use.

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  • May 13, 2012

    Enhanced Manitoba Poison Centre

    The Ontario Poison Centre was chosen to provide enhanced poison services to the province of Manitoba, effective July 1.

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