Poisons Prevention and Education

The National Poisons Centre is a 24/7 Poisons Information Service available to all New Zealanders.

The NPC maintains an accurate and up-to-date database of poisonous substances in NZ and provides professional and timely advice during poisoning incidents.

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TOXINZ is a poisons information database for clinicians and medical professionals.  It contains information regarding  the management of poisoned patients.  Access to TOXINZ is only available by an annual subscription fee.

Resources for Educators

Download training packs, brochures, handouts and other resources for caregivers, teachers, health providers or other educators

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Articles & Info

The National Poisons Centre, as well as other organizations, put out many articles and interesting information on a regular basis.

  • Poisons Around the Garden
  • Poisons Around the Home
  • First Aid
  • Preventing Poisoning
  • Seasonal Poisoning
  • and more...
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Learn about poisons in our KIDS! ZONE

Let’s learn about poisons together.  Have some fun, play some games and learn about poisons around the home.

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14.08.2020
Increase in the availability of counterfeit ‘Xanax bar’ tablets across New Zealand

14 August 2020 -  The Team at High Alert have issued an alert regarding an increase in the availability of counterfeit ‘Xanax bar’ tablets across New Zealand.

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12.08.2020
Raw apricot kernels recalled due to poisoning risk

  12 August 2020 -   Raw apricot kernels sold by a Christchurch food business are being recalled because of the potential risk of poisoning.

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06.07.2020
Enquiries to the New Zealand National Poisons Centre in 2018

6 July 2020 -  In 2018, the NZ National Poisons Centre (NZNPC) provided assessment and/or advice in 64,358 enquiries, comprising 25,330 direct contacts and 39,028 indirect contacts.

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01.07.2020
Introducing www.highalert.org.nz – an early warning system for dangerous drugs

1 July 2020 -  highalert. org. nz is the home of Drug Information and Alert Aotearoa New Zealand (DIANZ), an early warning system for dangerous drugs.

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