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


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...

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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