News

  • January 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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  • January 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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  • November 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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  • November 08, 2016

    Countrywide shortage of activated charcoal

    An update on the current countrywide shortage of Activated Charcoal

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  • September 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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  • September 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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  • July 08, 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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  • June 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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  • June 07, 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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  • April 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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  • April 01, 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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  • March 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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  • March 09, 2016

    Snap a selfie for OPC swag!

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

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  • March 08, 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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  • December 23, 2015

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

    We're here to help over the holidays.

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  • November 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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  • November 04, 2015

    New Website Launched!

    OPC launches new and improved website!

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  • September 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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  • August 27, 2015

    Wild Mushrooms are Dangerous

    Health warning issued regarding wild mushrooms.

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  • June 06, 2013

    New codeine recommendations

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

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  • June 03, 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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  • April 22, 2013

    Cinnamon Challenge

    Swallowing cinnamon can cause lung injury and choking.

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  • February 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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