Dangers of poppies

​​Crude poppy material at any dose is highly poisonous. The alkaloids are extremely toxic and can cause convulsions, asphyxiation and death.

Using any part of the poppy, in any way, is life-threatening; people in Tasmania have died from doing this.

Any ingestion of poppy plants should be treated as an emergency – call 000 immediately for an ambulance.

For more information on the dangers of poppies go to http://notyouraveragepoppy.org.au/​

Roadside or wild poppies

Roadside regrowth poses a health risk if ingested and can affect Tasmania's reputation within the international poppy industry.

If you see roadside regrowth of poppies on country roads or highways, please report it to the Regulated Crops Branch. 


Regulated Crops Branch (including the Poppy Advisory Control Board)
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 1300 368 550
Email: poppies@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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