Health Canada launches new toll-free number for poison centres – CTV

March 21, 2023

Health Canada has launched a new toll-free number, 1-844-POISON-X, or 1-844-764-7669, to help people across the country access critical medical advice related to poisonings more easily.

The agency made the announcement in a news release Monday marking National Poison Prevention Week. Health Canada says over 1,500 people die annually due to unintentional poisoning from medication, cleaners, cannabis products and other household items.

Health Canada encourages Canadians to educate themselves about how to store potential poisons safely and what to do in case a poisoning occurs.

The current provincial numbers regarding poisoning will remain in service and Canadians can continue using them in addition to the new toll-free number, Health Canada said.

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