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The Dangers of Cannabis Poisoning

It's National Poison Prevention Week and Southwestern Public Health would like to shine a light on accidental cannabis poisoning.

OXFORD - Southwestern Public Health says unintentional child poising is increasing since the legalization of marijuana.

Health Promotor Laura Crandall says Public Health will be focusing on accidental cannabis poisoning for National Poisoning Prevention Week. 

"Really looking at making sure that you store products and label (them) in a locked box or child-resistant container and that they're kept in a high cupboard separate from regular food and drinks."

Crandall says symptoms can occur several hours after consumption and can include sleepiness, unresponsiveness, enlarged or dilated pupils, and slow breathing. 

"A lot of these products available today look very similar to candies and sweets. They are often colourful and attractive to children, so if not locked up and kept out of children's reach then they may unintentionally consume these products."

Parents that think their child has consumed cannabis in any form should call 911 immediately. More information can be found here, or at Ontario Poison Control.

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