The mission of the Poison Center is to prevent poisonings, save lives, and limit injury from poisoning. In addition to saving lives, the Center decreases health care costs of poisoning cases.
When accidents happen with chemicals, medicine, or household items, call Poison Help. Get help right away from a local poison expert.
If someone is unconscious or has trouble breathing, call 911.
The role of the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) is to reduce the burden of healthcare associated with poisoning by the provision of rapidly available, consistent and evidence-based advice to front-line NHS healthcare professionals.
Did your dog or cat just eat something poisonous? Call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately. The sooner a dog poisoning or cat poisoning is diagnosed, the easier, less expensive, and safer it is to treat your pet.
This increase in poisoning isn’t from accidental ingestion of mushrooms or lead or some other environmental toxin. It’s from accidental overdoses. And those overdoses mainly arise from one culprit - opiates.
“There’s nothing in the taste that tells you what you are eating is about to kill you.”
One in seven Americans drink from private wells, which are being polluted by contaminants from manure and fertilizer.
Don’t assume that because the food was locally grown or from a farmers’ market, it’s free of potential hazards. Large producers operate under strict rules to prevent contamination; small local farmers may not adhere to the same constraints.
There’s been a dramatic uptick in self-poisonings, particularly among girls and young women. There are ways to help.
Secret growers are taking advantage of the state’s remote stretches of public land—and the environmental impact is severe.
Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread behavioral and cognitive problems. But the scope of the chemical dangers in our environment is likely even greater. Why children and the poor are most susceptible to neurotoxic exposure that may be costing the U.S. billions of dollars and immeasurable peace of mind.
For many reasons—money, jealousy, or even a way out of an abusive relationship—poison has remained an effective weapon for women throughout history.
Critics contend that some brightly colored packets too closely resemble candy or a teething toy. Two years ago, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested the packets “might represent an emerging public health concern.”
Ricin is one of the most poisonous substances on Earth and it's scarily easy to make.
You're probably going to be fine, but let's cover the basics just in case.
Australia is so famous for its dangerous creatures that visitors often arrive fearful that everything that moves is out to get them. In a land where snakes, spiders, shells and even one of the iconic mammals – the platypus – can bite or sting, should we all be worried about plants as well?
Plants around the world produce a staggering diversity of chemicals and many of these are potentially toxic to animals including humans, sometimes even upon contact. Many of these toxins have evolved to protect plant roots, leaves and unripe fruits from being eaten by herbivores, particularly insects and browsing mammals.
Polonium is one of the most toxic substances known. According to some sources, it is up to a trillion times more toxic than hydrogen cyanide. It is radioactive because it emits alpha particles (helium ions). Because these are easily absorbed by other materials, even by a few thin sheets of paper or by a few centimetres of air, polonium has to be inside your body to damage you.
"Industry has shown laxity, not infrequently to the point of criminal negligence, in soiling the land and adulterating the waters with its toxins." So says a recent report from a House investigative subcommittee. The report adds that as deposits of dangerous industrial wastes proliferate, the authority charged with eliminating the hazards, the Environmental Protection Agency, has done little to search out such sites and compel offending companies to clean them up.
After nearly a hundred people were killed by drinking bootleg liquor in Mumbai over the weekend, it's hard not to wonder when the problem of poisonous booze will end.
Unintentional poisoning includes the unsupervised ingestion of drugs or chemicals, "overdoses" or the excessive use of a drug, and exposure to environmental substances. The most common poisons include prescription and over-the-counter medications, cleaning products and personal care products. In adults, prescription drug overdose is the leading cause of unintentional injury death.
Exposure to the toxin leads to higher risk of miscarriages, new research finds, in addition to other long-lasting effects.
1. Botulinum (ingested)
It’s hard to rank the lethality of toxins, but experts agree that botulinum – several orders of magnitude deadlier than sarin – is the gold standard. Your nervous system fails and you die in extreme pain. Works miracles on wrinkles, though.
The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition with deadly consequences.
Children born in America today will live shorter lives than their parents and grandparents because of the obesity epidemic. Despite heightened awareness of the problem and advances in healthcare, present strategies are not working to reverse the trend.
From BPA, MSG, pesticides, environmental chemicals, household cleaners, toxins in vaccines and prescription drugs, our children are exposed to a huge amount of toxic chemicals. Toxins are everywhere in our modern society. They are damaging your child’s health and causing disease.
Safety Tips for You, Your Family, and Friends...Unless noted, the safety tips were adapted from the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ poison prevention tips for children and adults
Venomous snakes occur throughout many regions of the world and are a threat to public health, especially in the rural tropics where they are most abundant. Out of more than 3000 species of snakes in the world, some 600 are venomous and over 200 are considered to be medically important.
People can go into such extreme debt over unpaid water bills—even incorrect ones—that they lose their homes.
According to a report released this week by Safe Kids, a young child goes to the emergency room for accidental medicine poisoning 67,000 times a year. That's one child every eight minutes -- a 30 percent increase over the past ten years.
Here are nine little-known facts about poison you can impress your relatives with over Thanksgiving dinner. Or not.
Some common species rank as the deadliest plants in the world.
This web site is dedicated to those individuals that have ever experienced and suffered through the itching and painful rashes associated with contact of an oil called urushiol (you-ROO-shee-ol) from these plants. We hope that you will find relief in the pages on this site.
To search for photos of these plants, check the UC Berkeley CalPhotos: Plants site.
1.Major Toxicity: These plants may cause serious illness or death. If ingested, immediately call the Poison Control Center -- (800) 222-1222 -- or your doctor.
The purpose of THE POISON GARDEN website is to provide insights, many of them amusing, into the human race's long relationship with substances that have the potential to cause harm. But, before going any further, it's important to understand that accidental plant poisoning is very unusual and only very rarely do people suffer serious harm. Death from accidental ingestion of a poisonous plant, in its natural state, is exceptionally unusual.
It's a free, quarterly e-newsletter that will help keep you and your family safe from poison.
Welcome to The Poison Review, a critical update and evaluation of recent scientific literature, news stories, and cultural events related to the field of medical toxicology. Our interests are wide-ranging and eclectic, since we take our philosophy from Paracelsus, often called the father of toxicology: “All things are poison and nothing is without poison, only the dose permits something not to be poisonous.”
A directory of toxicology sites on the Internet.
Toxipedia is a free toxicology encyclopedia offering articles and resources about toxic chemicals (such as pesticides and endocrine disruptors), health conditions, ethical considerations, the history of toxicology, laws and regulation, and more.
Your resource for searching databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.
The purpose of WikiTox is to create a repository of information where individuals can upload teaching material to be used freely by individuals and other teachers. It is not intended to get complete consensus in the material as toxicology deals with diverse problems and approaches.
Program the Poison Help Number – 1-800-222-1222 – into your home and cell phones so you have it handy when you need it.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers supports the nation’s 55 poison centers in their efforts to prevent and treat poison exposures. Poison centers offer free, confidential medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. This service provides a primary resource for poisoning information and helps reduce costly emergency department visits through in-home treatment.
Welcome to the Podcast page for ACMT. This is an ever expanding and growing section.
We are your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435.
The California Poison Control System (CPCS) provides immediate, free and expert treatment advice and referral over the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous or toxic substances.
Pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and poison information providers answer the calls to 1-800-222-1222 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Language interpreters are always available.
Poison is anything that kills or injures through its chemical actions. Most poisons are swallowed (ingested). The word poison comes from the Latin word - potare - meaning to drink. But poisons can also enter the body in other ways:
Poisons include highly toxic chemicals not meant for human ingestion or contact, such as cyanide, paint thinners, or household cleaning products.
Many poisons, however, are substances meant for humans to eat, including foods and medicines.
If you suspect a poisoning, you need to act quickly. When you know the source of the toxic exposure, use the guidelines...
Children can get very sick if they come in contact with medicines, household products, pesticides, chemicals, or cosmetics. This can happen at any age and can cause serious reactions. However, most children who come in contact with these things are not permanently hurt if they are treated right away.
If you suspect poisoning, be alert for clues such as empty pill bottles or packages, scattered pills, and burns, stains and odors on the person or nearby objects. With a child, consider the possibility that he or she may have applied medicated patches or swallowed a button battery.
Being poisoned can be life threatening. If someone has swallowed a poisonous substance, do not try to treat them yourself. Seek medical help immediately.
Poisoning is a significant global public health problem...