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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Warning over banned mothballs

2 September 2020 -  Mothball products containing naphthalene, camphor, and dichlorobenzene were banned in New Zealand in June 2014, because of the risk of children being poisoned by eating them.

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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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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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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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