Poison Prevention for the Older Generation

Poison Prevention for the Older Generation

Focused poison prevention tips for those who might have special medication needs or might not be so poison-prepared when the grandchildren visit

Every the year the National Poisons Centre receives up to 2000 calls regarding older people who have accidentally poisoned themselves. Mistaken identity is the most common form of poisoning in the elderly. Often they attempt to read labels without their glasses or in the dark, or automatically reach for a medication that has been moved from its usual place only to pickup something else by mistake. This group is most likely not to store products in original containers because they generally use smaller quantities and often share products with family and friends. Grandparents homes may also be less prepared for small children, and may be less "poison-proof"

Here are some tips to keep your self safe from poisoning:


For free poisons advice call 0800 POISON (0800 764-766).

Related Resources
Plants That Poison - A New Zealand Guide - A colourful, informative and easy-to-use book every NZ home should have
Prevent Poisoning: Keeping Children Safe From Poisons - A brochure on general poisoning prevention information including home safety tips