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    Edible Cannabis– IWK experts share concerns

    October 15, 2019
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    September 15-21, 2019 is Child Passenger Safety Week in Atlantic Canada

    September 16, 2019
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    IWK Research awards scholarships to budding health researchers

    August 28, 2019
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    Notice to patients & families

    April 12, 2019
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    Notice to patients & families

    February 26, 2019
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    IWK Health Centre Warns Parents of Knock-off Car Seats Available Online

    February 19, 2019
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    IWK Health Centre is expected to be fully operational tomorrow, Monday, January 21, 2019

    January 20, 2019
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    Statement from the IWK Regarding the Office of the Auditor General’s Performance Audit (Chapter 2)

    December 11, 2018
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    IWK Health Centre welcomes new president & CEO

    October 9, 2018
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    Rebagliati’s cannabis claims unfounded, misleading and harmful say health experts at IWK

    July 3, 2018
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    Classified rallies Nova Scotian artists in support of The SeaStar Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

    June 13, 2018
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    National Poison Prevention Week March 18-24, 2018

    March 19, 2018
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    Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist a first for Nova Scotia

    February 7, 2018
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    IWK seeing increase in Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in Emergency Department

    January 26, 2018
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    IWK recognized as one of Nova Scotia’s top employers.

    January 25, 2018
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    Long awaited study answers questions surrounding cow’s milk and the development of type 1 diabetes

    January 16, 2018
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    IWK recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s top employers

    January 3, 2018
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    Newest IWK employee, first accredited facility dog in Atlantic Canada

    December 12, 2017
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    Television content created by IWK patients tops 100,000 views on YouTube

    December 12, 2017
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    IWK doctors join national project to give young people across the country a fighting chance against high risk cancers

    November 23, 2017
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    IWK recognizes World Prematurity Day on November 17th

    November 15, 2017
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    November 13 to 19 is World Antibiotic Awareness Week – what you should know.

    November 14, 2017
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    Sepsis PedsPacs introduced in the IWK Emergency Department

    November 7, 2017
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    Carbon monoxide poisoning is entirely preventable

    November 3, 2017
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    Insulin Pump Program

    October 26, 2017
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    Op-ed by Karen Hutt, Chair, IWK Board of Directors: We are overcome with concern over breach of trust

    September 28, 2017
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    IWK Board of Directors Releases Independent Review of CEO Expenses

    August 31, 2017
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    A Message from Karen Hutt, Chair, IWK Board of Directors

    August 23, 2017
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    Understanding Trauma: Free Fall workshops for caregivers and professionals

    August 21, 2017
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    IWK's Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo recognized as health innovation pioneer

    July 21, 2017
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    Maritimers pledge record-breaking $6.4 million during 33rd annual IWK Telethon for Children

    June 6, 2017
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    Patient voices to be heard for first time at Canadian Pain Society meeting

    May 23, 2017
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    IWK Researchers win Governor General’s Innovation Award

    May 8, 2017
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    Dr. Richard Goldbloom inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

    May 4, 2017
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    IWK attracts brain research grants

    April 26, 2017
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    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in IWK Emergency Department first of its kind in province

    March 22, 2017
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    National Poison Prevention Week March 19-25, 2017

    March 20, 2017
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    Investments in Innovative Neonatal Care Help Families Bond

    March 1, 2017
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    Weather Related Service Update

    February 16, 2017
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    Public Health investigating confirmed cases of measles in Halifax area

    February 15, 2017
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    3D printed heart model allows cardiac surgeons to rehearse complex procedures

    February 8, 2017
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    NSHA & IWK Look Forward to Moving Ahead with the Bargaining Process

    January 19, 2017
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    Cineplex Theatre to Open at the IWK Health Centre

    January 18, 2017
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    Understanding and Healing from Trauma: New workshops for caregivers and professionals this Spring of 2017

    January 10, 2017
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    Nova Scotia Breast Screening Program celebrates 25th anniversary

    December 6, 2016
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    Online tool aims to improve surgical experience for children with ASD

    November 29, 2016
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    Tracy Kitch, President & CEO of the IWK Health Centre named a WXN 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner

    November 23, 2016
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    IWK recognizes World Prematurity Day on November 17th

    November 15, 2016
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    Study shows switch from mask to portable inhaler improves pediatric emergency department (PED) visits.

    November 8, 2016
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    Need a Family Practice?

    November 4, 2016
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    Online community connects youth at the IWK with others at health centres across Canada.

    October 17, 2016
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    Dal Grad students attract prestigious national research awards to support their continued studies at IWK’s Centre for Pediatric Pain Research.

    October 5, 2016
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    ‘Sex after baby’ studies focus on the couple rather than individual parents.

    October 3, 2016
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    September 18-24, 2016 is national Child Passenger Safety Week

    September 19, 2016
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    Dr. Andrew Lynk appointed head/chief of the Department of Pediatrics

    September 13, 2016
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    #ItDoesntHaveToHurt celebrates first anniversary with special event at Twitter Canada

    September 12, 2016
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    Dr. Alexa Bagnell new Chief of Psychiatry at the IWK Health Centre

    August 25, 2016
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    The Health of Maritime Women and Children is Everyone’s Business

    June 21, 2016
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    The IWK’s Dr. Pat McGrath receives National Legacy of Leadership Award

    June 10, 2016
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    Understanding and Healing from Trauma: New workshop series offered for caregivers

    April 7, 2016
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    IWK’s BIOTIC imaging lab offers unique clinical mandate in Canada

    April 6, 2016
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    IWK researchers members of three out of five networks in $62.5 million pool

    April 1, 2016
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    Maritime Newborn Screening Program expands to include screening for SCID

    March 22, 2016
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    Canadian Center for Vaccinology launches Maternal Immunization Study

    March 8, 2016
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    Imaging Adventure Program at IWK Health Centre first of its kind in Canada

    December 16, 2015
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    Dr. Leslie Anne Campbell appointed new Sobey Family Chair in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Outcomes

    December 16, 2015
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    Juno award-winning artist JRDN Visits IWK

    November 30, 2015
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    IWK Announces Wessex Scholarship

    November 30, 2015
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    Halifax hospitals score high in open-visiting policy study

    November 10, 2015
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    #ItDoesntHaveToHurt Launch Marries Science and Media to Benefit Parents

    September 28, 2015
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    IWK Leaders Lend a Helping Hand in Habitat for Humanity Women Build

    September 22, 2015
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    Back to School: Pedestrian Safety

    September 8, 2015
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    Alex Tagliani brings Summer of TAG to the IWK

    August 17, 2015
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    Dr. Bruce Crooks cycles 7,000 Kilometres for Kids Cancer Ride

    August 10, 2015
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    Youth Advisory Council making changes at the IWK

    August 10, 2015
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    IWK Researchers awarded coveted CIHR New Investigator Awards

    July 6, 2015
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    MRI App developed at the IWK wins award at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California

    July 6, 2015
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    Join the IWK Research Registry

    May 11, 2015
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    Winter Storm Message for IWK Patients and Families – March 19, 2015

    March 19, 2015
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    Winter Storm Update for IWK Patients and Families

    March 18, 2015
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    Winter Storm Message for IWK Patients and Families – March 18, 2015

    March 18, 2015
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    IWK recognizes World Prematurity Day on November 17th

    November 17, 2014
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    Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at IWK to conduct Phase I Ebola Vaccine Trials

    November 14, 2014
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    It Doesn’t Have to Hurt: Helping Children Prepare for Medical Procedures, Appointments, and Surgeries

    October 24, 2014
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    IWK Ebola Virus Disease Response Planning Underway

    October 16, 2014
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    Pain in Child Health Training Program announces the release of paper and video

    October 6, 2014
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    Psychology For You - Anxiety in Young Children: How to Help

    September 26, 2014
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    Prominent physician bringing “Three Big Ideas” about health care to new innovation speaker series

    September 25, 2014
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    IWK’s smallest patients receive big donation from construction association

    September 23, 2014
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    Come celebrate our 104th annual Kermesse Fun Fair for the IWK

    September 4, 2014
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    Psychology for You - Bullying Prevention and Intervention

    August 28, 2014
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    Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo named a Fellow of The Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship

    August 20, 2014
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    July 22 Labour and Delivery Class Cancelled

    July 22, 2014
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    2nd annual art show showcases artwork by Dartmouth youth

    June 10, 2014
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    Drowning rates decreasing in Atlantic Canada, though still second most common cause of injury death for children

    June 9, 2014
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    Coping with major tragic events

    June 5, 2014
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    Dr. Isabel Smith appointed Dalhousie’s Joan and Jack Craig Chair in Autism Research

    June 4, 2014
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    Maritimers donate $6.1 million to the 30th IWK Telethon for Children on CTV

    June 2, 2014
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    New Mental Health Unit Will Enhance Patient and Family Care at the IWK Health Centre

    May 2, 2014
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    Psychology For You - An Ounce of Prevention: Preparing Youth with Developmental Disabilities for Medical Appointments

    April 25, 2014
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    Call for Art

    April 14, 2014
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    Planting the Seeds of Partnership: Hope Blooms and IWK Recreation Therapy

    April 7, 2014
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    IWK Storm Preparation Message to Patients and Families

    March 25, 2014
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    Psychology For You - Food for Thought: Mealtime strategies for pre-schoolers

    February 27, 2014
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    Innovative research grants poised to transform health care in Atlantic Canada

    February 17, 2014
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    IWK Health Centre celebrates African Heritage Month with a special lecture

    February 12, 2014
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    Patient and Family Centred Care Survey 2014

    February 6, 2014
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    Psychology For You: Eating Disorders & Pathways to Recovery

    January 30, 2014
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    Three IWK psychiatrists receive awards at 2013 CACAP conference

    December 16, 2013
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    Six-year-old Samuel Khan named 2013 IWK Tree Lighter

    December 3, 2013
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    All Welcome at IWK Tap the Tap Celebration

    November 19, 2013
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    All Welcome at IWK Tap the Tap Celebration

    November 18, 2013
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    Tightly Knit: IWK Health Centre hosts its 2013 AGM and releases latest report to the community

    October 16, 2013
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    IWK Health Centre Celebrates its 2013 Annual General Meeting

    October 11, 2013
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    Leading international pain experts to visit Nova Scotia for three-day conference

    October 1, 2013
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    Families invited to Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge and Family Fair on October 5

    September 30, 2013
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    IWK researchers awarded highest honour from the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation

    September 30, 2013
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    Psychology For You: Promoting a Good Night's Sleep - Monday October 7, 2013

    September 26, 2013
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    September 15-21 is Child Passenger Safety Week

    September 17, 2013
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    Save the date for the IWK Annual General Meeting – Wednesday, October 16, 2013

    September 11, 2013
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    Nova Scotia improving Dental Care for Children

    August 19, 2013
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    Well known philanthropist makes surprise $1 million donation at IWK 250

    July 22, 2013
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    Capital Health and IWK Health Centre Celebrate Pride Week 2013

    July 22, 2013
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    Awards of the Board of Directors

    July 18, 2013
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    Public Service Announcement - Regular Power Restored at IWK

    July 16, 2013
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    Pediatric Epilepsy Camp Comes to Atlantic Canada

    July 8, 2013
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    Coping with major tragic events

    April 16, 2013
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    The Arthritis Society to Announce New Programs to Support Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

    April 2, 2013
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    Psychology for You - Bedwetting 101: Helping Your School-Aged Child or Adolescent Learn to Stay Dry through the Night

    April 1, 2013
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    Cautions Regarding New Household Poisoning Risks to Children

    March 18, 2013
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    Patient and Family Centred Care Survey

    March 6, 2013
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    The IWK Health Centre Foundation invites applications for the Robbie and Jean Shaw Scholarship

    March 6, 2013
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    Looking for a fun and educational activity this March break? Participate in an IWK research study!

    March 6, 2013

Edible Cannabis– IWK experts share concerns

October 15, 2019


For Immediate Release – Halifax: With the legalization of edible cannabis, health experts at the IWK Health Centre are concerned with the impact widespread availability of products will have on children, youth and newborns in the Maritimes. It is expected that edible cannabis in the form of candy and baked goods will be available for purchase as early as December 2019. 

“It is important that the public understand the unique risks to children and youth with respect to edibles”, says IWK Health Promotion Specialist Sarah Blades. “There is still a great deal that we don’t know about cannabis use and the long-term impacts. What we do know suggests that we should proceed with caution. We do know that cannabis exposure in children and youth under the age of 25 can impair healthy brain development.”

Strict federal regulations have been released regarding requirements for labelling edible cannabis and restrictions on marketing. This is a positive step, according to Blades; “Cannabis edibles will be packaged and marketed in Canada under strict regulations that reduce the effects of attractive marketing, to which youth are particularly vulnerable.” That said, once edibles are out of the packaging – they can be mistaken for their non-cannabis containing equivalents.

 

Hard to tell the difference

Parents and other adults need to remember that cannabis edibles are the same sweet snacks that most kids love such as brownies, cookies and candy bars-except that they contain cannabis. A child can’t see the difference between a food product with cannabis and the same product without cannabis.

“Visually, it is very difficult if not impossible to determine whether a candy or a cookie contains cannabis” says Laurie Mosher clinical leader of the IWK Regional Poison Centre. “Since the federal legalization of cannabis, unintentional poisonings from exposure to cannabis have already increased in the data we have via the IWK Regional Poison Centre.”

 

More sensitive to effects

“Children are more sensitive to the effects of the active ingredients in cannabis,” says Mosher. “Parents may not realize that children have eaten a toxic amount of a cannabis product until they have symptoms such as profound drowsiness and other serious symptoms.” 

With regards to prevention of edible cannabis related harms for children and youth in the Maritimes, Mosher’s message is simple. “Treat edible cannabis products as though you would medication or poisons, as they could cause great harm to a child.” 

 

May harm the fetus

Cannabis oils, extracts and sweets are a discreet ingestion method and are often preferred by women, making potential exposure while pregnant or breastfeeding to be of particular concern.

“The perception that edible cannabis is a safer option than other methods of consumption is misleading”, says Dr. Heather Scott, Obstetrical Clinical Advisor for the Reproductive Care Program of Nova Scotia (RCP). “Frequent cannabis use during pregnancy may significantly impact the health of the fetus. The initial evidence-based, peer-reviewed research into the health effects of THC use in pregnancy has revealed an association with low birth weight and preterm birth.” 

Furthermore, THC (a psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces a high) accumulates in the fatty tissues of people who consume cannabis, including breast tissue. THC is found in the breastmilk of those who consume cannabis, and so until the THC is eliminated from the breastmilk and breast tissue, babies or children drinking this breastmilk will likely be exposed to THC. 

“Prenatal and early childhood exposure to cannabis can alter brain development, which can impact behaviour, cognition, and academic achievement as the child grows,” says Dr. Balpreet Singh, Neonatal Clinical Advisor for RCP. “We are still learning so much about the effects of cannabis on the fetus and breastfeeding child, but what we have learned so far causes us to be concerned. Breastfeeding is so beneficial for babies of all gestational ages and for breastfeeding women, and so it is really important that parents and health professionals all have as much evidence-based information as possible”. 

 

Keeping out of reach

Young children explore the world by using their senses, and by putting things in their mouths. Further compounding the problem is that the effects of edible cannabis can take hours to manifest, meaning that there is no immediate feedback such as an unpleasant sensation or taste to indicate to children to stop eating an item that contains cannabis.

“Adults who choose to use cannabis or liquid nicotine need to protect children in their homes,” says Julie Harrington of the IWK’s Child Safety Link. “It’s crucial to store all cannabis products in a locked space or container, out of the reach of kids.” 

 

 

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Media contact:

Ben Maycock
IWK Communications & Public Affairs
902-470-7086
M: 902-223-7090
Ben.Maycock@iwk.nshealth.ca