Save the Date: Parachute will take part in National Poison Prevention Week, from March 17 to 23 in 2024, to raise awareness about preventing unintentional poisoning.

Poison Prevention Week is an annual campaign to raise public awareness of poisoning injuries in Canada, encouraging community involvement as part of the solution. 

In 2024, Parachute will be joining organizations across Canada to promote a pan-Canadian theme for Poison Prevention Week: coming soon!

Each year, 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 Canadian homes, it is important to know how to safely store them.

Suspect a poisoning? Help is a call away. 

Canada has a toll-free 24/7 number for poison centres. If you suspect a poisoning, call 1-844-POISON-X (1-844-764-7669). 

If you are located in Nunavut, contact your local health centre

If you are located in Québec, call 1-800-454-1212. 

Keep the number of your poison centre nearby or in your phone.

Program the number into your phone’s contact list or keep it in a visible location, such as on your fridge. In the event your child or someone else in your household is potentially poisoned, contact the poison information centre. If the person loses consciousness or has difficulty breathing, call 911.

This program is made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada; the views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.