Former SickKids Motherisk website now directs to cannabis blog, hospital says

The Hospital for Sick Children let the domain name for its website expire back in April. It now directs to a cannabis blog. (Blair Gable/Reuters)

A Toronto children’s hospital is warning the public that a website it used to run has fallen into the hands of a third party.

The Hospital for Sick Children says it closed its website in April and let the domain name expire.

But the web address now connects to a cannabis blog that primarily discusses the use of the non-psychoactive cannabidiol that is found in marijuana.

A SickKids spokeswoman says the failure to secure the domain from future use was an oversight by the hospital.

Motherisk shut down in the wake of a now-discredited program that tested for drug and alcohol use that was used in child protection and criminal cases.

Results of Motherisk tests had a significant impact on dozens of families across the province.

When SickKids maintained control of the Motherisk site, it was used as a resource for information about medications and other exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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