National Poison Prevention Week is March 19-25, 2017
Improperly-stored medications is a leading cause of childhood poisoning in Alberta.
Join our campaign and promote safe storage of medications. For more information and resources, click through the tabs above. You can also register to receive updates.
Prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause poisoning.
Drugs commonly involved in child poisonings include:
Store all medications locked up tight and out of sight.
Take your medications where children can’t see you.
Keep visitors’ bags and coats out of reach.
Program the Poison and Drug Information Service (PADIS) into your phone.
National Poison Prevention Week is March 19 -25th
You can provide valuable information on the safe storage of prescription and over-the-counter medications to parents and caregivers in your community.
Use our guidebook
Improve awareness and increase prevention of medication-related poisonings in children. This information is geared towards parents, grandparents and caregivers. The guidebook includes ideas and activities that engage people and provide them with tools to protect their children and grandchildren.
These materials support activities during the week of March 19 – 25th to highlight the provincial campaign. However, the campaign materials are not dated and can be used throughout the year.
There is no charge for these materials, but we require your feedback. To help us build on success, kindly fill out the survey we provide after the campaign.
New postcards demonstrate 3 ways to prevent medication poisoning in children. Colourful images and simple messaging make them easy to read and share!
Poison and Drug Information Service Items
Pens, rulers, magnets and cards feature the number to call in a poisoning emergency.
For more information about the campaign contact Patti Stark.
The Injury Prevention Centre (IPC) is a provincial organization that focuses on reducing catastrophic injury and death in Alberta. We act as a catalyst for action by supporting communities and decision-makers with knowledge and tools. We raise awareness about preventable injuries as an important component of life-long health and wellness.
Since its inception in 1998, the Injury Prevention Centre has been working towards its vision of an injury free Alberta in which to work, play and live.
The Injury Prevention Centre is part of the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta with core funding provided by Alberta Health. Visit www.injurypreventioncentre.ca for more information.
Alberta’s Poison and Drug Information Services (PADIS) offers 24/7 telephone advice on poisons, chemicals, medicines and herbal supplements including:
Established in 2015, the Alberta Poison Prevention Working Group has focused its work on preventing childhood poisonings. Utilizing data and research, the group launched the Preventing Medication Poisoning in Children Campaign in March 2016. Based on the success of the campaign, the group is working to expand the reach and scope of the campaign for 2017.
The group consists of members from: Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services – Provincial Injury Prevention and Zone Health Promotion, Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, Poison and Drug Information Service (PADIS) and the Injury Prevention Centre. There a couple of organizations who while unable to participate fully on the working group, have chosen to receive emails and updates about ongoing work and activities of the group, this includes the Alberta Pharmacy Students’ Association, South Eastern Alberta Safety Alliance Society, Ben Calf Robe Society, Candora Society and the Medical Examiner’s Office.