Poison - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior

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Poison

A substance that, when introduced into the body in relatively small quantities, causes destruction or malfunction of some tissues and organs. Depending on the quantity in the body (the dose), a poison can kill. The word poison usually implies that a substance has no healthful use and is to be considered dangerous even in small quantities. Most common household substances are poisonous, including bleach, ammonia, drain cleaners, paint supplies, and so on.

Substances Causing Deaths from Accidental Poisoning

Other Substances

Alcohols Cleaning and polishing agents and paint Petroleum products Pesticides Corrosives and caustics

Gases

Utility gas Carbon monoxide Nitrogen oxides Freon Other gases

In the practice of medicine, many useful DRUGS, such as antibiotics for treating infections or antihypertensive drugs for treating high blood pressure, can be poisonous or toxic in higher doses. Almost all drugs that are abused can be poisonous or toxic; some, even at relatively...

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