Children most at risk from poison

Poison prevention week highlights risk posed by medications

Poisoning is the fourth leading cause of injury death and permanent disability for Canadians of all ages, and it’s young children who are most at risk.

The theme for this year’s Safe Kids Week Canada, from May 28 to June 3, is “Out of Sight and Locked up Tight.”

It’s not just pesticides or paint thinners that are the problem. Medication is the leading cause of poisoning in children.

 

“By removing expired and unneeded medications and hazardous products you will be making your home safer for everyone, “said Dr. Richard Stanwick, the Vancouver Island Health Authority’s chief medical health officer.