National Poison Prevention Week: Prevention is Key! March 22-26, 2022
In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, the Ontario, Manitoba, and Nunavut Poison Centres would like to raise awareness about cannabis safety with a focus on safe storage and reducing access to children.
Since legalization of cannabis in 2018, the Poison Centre* has seen a shocking increase in cases of children accidentally eating edible cannabis products and requiring hospitalization. In 2018, we answered 71 cannabis edible related calls compared to the 718 calls we received in 2021. That is an increase of over 820% in four years!
Easy access due to improper storage has been the common denominator leading to an increase in children consuming cannabis edibles. In many of these cases, these products look almost identical to desserts, treats and popular brands of candy.
Thanks to a generous grant from Parachute, we have been able to partner with over 40 community organizations to help promote safer medication/cannabis storage at home by distributing just over 1000 free safety locks and 50 safety bags.
Throughout the month of March, we will also be distributing Ontario Poison Centre fridge magnets with our phone number. These are great to have in a visible place in your home in case of emergency. If you would like to some magnets for your organization to distribute, please contact us via email Poison.Information@sickkids.ca
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Free Give Away
We are giving away 15 Safety Lock Bags donated by Parachute!
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This contest is open to Ontario residents only.
Visit our Free Give Away page for more information and full contest rules.
Check out the Ontario Poison Centre website (ontariopoisoncentre.ca) for great resources to help families stay safe:
Common Poisons Section
- Browse through a searchable list of household products to learn more about their poison risk, and what to do if someone has been exposed.
- Learn about the top 10 most common household exposures in 2021, separated by age group.
- Check out the poison storage checklist, made by our friends at Parachute (Canada national charity dedicated to injury prevention).
For Families Section
- Learn about poison prevention strategies you can use in your home.
- Visit our cannabis hub to learn about why cannabis is more dangerous for children than for adults, and what you can do to prevent an unintentional poisoning from occurring.
- Check out the NEW About Kids Health Poison Hub https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/poisonprevention
Remember: If an unintentional poisoning occurs, contact your local poison centre:
Ontario: 1-800-268-9017/Manitoba: 1-855-7764766/Nunavut: 1-800-268-9017
For a full list of Canadian Poison Centre Numbers: Canadian Association for Poison Centres and Clinical Toxicology