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AHS Weekly Wellness News: Poison Prevention Week

 

Poison Prevention week is March 15 to 21, 2015. It’s a week designated to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them – at home, at work and in the community.

The Poison & Drug Information Service (PADIS) offers a free, confidential poison line for Albertans, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service offers expert advice about poisons and toxins, medications, chemicals, recreational drugs and plants. When calling the poison centre, callers speak with a specially-trained nurse or pharmacist who gives information and offers advice on how to best manage poisonings and exposures.

Medication and herbal advice is also available through PADIS offering up-to-date information for the safe use of over-the-counter products, prescriptions, medications and herbals. This includes potential interactions between medications and/or herbals and safe medication options for pregnant and breast-feeding women.

PADIS plays a key role in helping Albertans safely manage poison exposures and can offer advice on the most appropriate level of health care service should it be needed.

PADIS also operates a Drug Information Line for Health Care Professionals. This free service for health professionals provides drug information for clinical situations, with the support of an on-call Medical Toxicologist.

For more information and to access the services of PADIS call 1-800-332-1414 or visit http://www.padis.ca

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