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Tofield - Poison Prevention Awareness

Poisoning is the fifth leading cause of injury deaths, hospitalizations and emergency room visits for all Canadians.

In 2018, 1464 children under 10 years of age were treated for poisoning in Alberta hospital emergency departments and the Alberta Poison and Drug Information (PADIS) received over 12,000 calls. With this in mind, the provincial Poisoning Prevention Campaign Planning (PPCP) Committee designed tools and resources about medication poisoning in children.  This including the safe storage of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

The Plan

Tools and resources developed by the PPCP Committee were used for the “Poison Prevention Workshop in Tofield”.  The target group for this workshop was older adults as all age groups need to spread the word about key messages to keep medications “locked up tight and out of sight” when children are visiting.  The event aligned with National Poison Prevention Week, March 17- 23.

The Outcomes

Residents at Sunshine Villa in Tofield attended the Poison Prevention Workshop. Workshop content included engaging games including Poison Prevention Jeopardy, a Poison Purse Activity, Medication Candy and Chemical Look-Alike activities. A pictograph poster on how to prevent unintentional poisoning was also distributed to participants. 

Key messages include:

  • Keep all prescription and over-the-counter medications locked up tight, out of sight;
  • When taking your medications, do it away from children;
  • Put purses, backpacks and coats out of children’s reach;
  • Program the PADIS 1-800-332-1414 number into your phone and make sure everyone knows where to find the number.


Residents also learned how basic everyday items, such as laundry detergent, hand sanitizer, and vitamins, are three of the most common sources of poisoning.

Poisoning is often an issue that is generally recognized as being solved with the introduction of child resistant containers but as discussed with Villa Residents, many children are likely to open these more easily than them. Unintentional poisoning is a concern across the entire lifespan and everyone has a role to play to spread the word.

Following the event, the Sunshine Villa Coordinator created a display utilizing resources created for the Poisoning Prevention Campaign

Residents continue to explore, review and discuss the resources provided.

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