A reminder this Christmas to keep button batteries out of reach of children

Button BatteriesKeep button batteries out of reach of children. Christmas is a time when children receive new toys.   Often these toys are operated by button batteries.

Two synthetic drugs classified as Class A

In July, the Chief Coroner reported that between 40 and 45 people had died as a result of taking the drugs and the then-Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters instructed officials...

National Poisons Centre continues to deliver Poisonsline

Staff at the National Poisons Centre based at the University of Otago are delighted to learn that the Ministry of Health has chosen Homecare Medical as the preferred provider for...

New rules for antifouling paints

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is reminding boaties and anyone else who paints boats of new rules for using antifouling paints.

Children feature in poison centre inquiries

Spare a thought for the safety-conscious parent who attached a child safety lock to their fridge, only to find their child had swallowed part of the lock's backing paper.

Plea for vigilance after latest huffing tragedy

A man who performed CPR on a teen before she was pronounced dead after huffing butane says if teens gave any thought about what this did to their parents, "they...

Toddler shoves battery up nose

An Invercargill mother is warning parents of the dangers of light-up magnetic badges after her toddler shoved a seven-millimetre button battery up his nose. The battery began to corrode.

Dishwash powder big danger to kids

In Auckland Museum's exhibition The Poisoners, experts look at toxic surprises that may lurk in the bush or the bathroom. Today, the focus is on poisons around the home.

Boy swallows coin on way to dairy

A young boy became seriously ill after swallowing a $2 coin while on his way to spend it on an icecream.

Lethal Dose of Propofol Killed Jackson

The Los Angeles coroner has found that popstar Michael Jackson died of an overdose of propofol.

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