Child Safety Link works with the IWK Regional Poison Centre to help educate Maritime communities about poisoning prevention. Children aged 5 years and younger are more at risk for poisonings because they like to explore the world by putting things in their mouths.
A poison is something that can make you sick if you swallow it, taste it, smell it, get it on your skin, or get it in your eye. A poison can be a drug or a non-drug substance.
In Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, call the IWK Regional Poison Centre at 1-800-565-8161 or (902)470-8161. In New Brunswick, call 911. The IWK Regional Poison Centre is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as a confidential source of information on poisons and poison exposures for both children and adults.
The following resources will provide you with the top tips for keeping your children safe from poisonings.
CSL Blog: Edible Hazard: Cannabis Food & Your Child’s Safety
Infographic: Cannabis Food (March 2019)
CSL Backgrounder: Cannabis Legalization, Cannabis Edibles & Unintentional Poisonings in Young Children
The following public service announcements are related to poisoning prevention:
Change the way you think about poisons: Cannabis Food and Liquid Nicotine – CTV Atlantic Morning Live interview with CSL and IWK Regional Poison Centre, March 2019
What to know about Kids and Cannabis – CTV Atlantic Morning Live interview with CSL and IWK Regional Poison Centre, October 2018
How to prevent children’s poisonings in the home (Rogers Cable)
Parachute (formerly Safe Kids Canada) Position Statement on Poison Prevention (2012)
Position sur la prévention des empoisonnements (Parachute/ SécuriJeunes Canada (2012)