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National Poison Prevention Week - March 17-23, 2024
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National Poison Prevention Week - March 17-23, 2024

March 17-23, 2024

Each year, more than 4,000 Canadians lose their lives due to poisoning and annual unintentional poisoning deaths have now surpassed transport-related deaths in Canada With many potential poisons – such as medications, household cleaners and cannabis products – in and around the home, it’s important to know how to safely store these items and what to do in the event of a poisoning.

In recognition of the upcoming National Poison Prevention Week (March 17-23, 2024), Ontario Poison Centre (OPC) is joining with Parachute and organizations across Canada to promote a pan-Canadian theme for Poison Prevention Week – Poison Prevention: Empowering Canada for a safer tomorrow. Use the hashtag #EmpowerPoisonPrevention to promote the theme on social media.

Recognize and identify potential poisons – tips to recognize potential poisons, common causes of poisoning
Parent and Caregiver Tips to Prevent Child Poisoning
Poison Storage Checklist For House
Poison Storage Checklist For Apartment

Take action to prevent poisoning – key messages about prevention,

Know what to do in case of a poisoning – how to contact poison centres

Help create a safer Canada – why and how to report unsafe products, adverse reactions and medication errors.

Follow us for Poison Prevention information and local participation in Ontario during National Poison Prevention Week.

X (@ON_Poison),
Facebook (Ontario Poison Centre)
Instagram (ontariopoisoncentre)

Stay up to date with us during National Poison Prevention Week by looking for hashtags:

#EmpowerPoisonPrevention (Canada)
#NPPW2024 (North America)

National Poison Prevention Week March 17-23, 2024 (PDF)

The next year National Poison Prevention Week is March 16-24, 2025.

If you’re interested in getting involved or partnering with OPC in promoting this awareness week, please email us:

Ontario: 1-844-POISON-X (1-844-764-7669)/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

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