What is a Poison

Any substance taken in any amount that is not normally taken can be considered a poison. Even water can be a deadly poison if someone drinks way to much of it in a water drinking contest for example. Millions of people are unintentionally poisoned each year, and children under the age of six are at the greatest risk. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people intentionally attempt to hurt themselves by ingesting a poison or overdosing on medications each year. The Arkansas Poison & Drug Information Center can provide life saving treatment advice in such occurrences and usually the poisoned patient will recover and go on to live a happy and productive life.

Most dangerous:

  • Medicines
  • Cleaning products
  • Antifreeze
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Pesticides
  • Wild mushrooms
  • Hydrocarbons: gasoline, furniture polish, lighter fluid, lamp oil, turpentine, paint thinner.