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

Chris Wooding
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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 low doses.

A few drugs that are commonly used in medicine in small amounts to produce important therapeutic effects are also used in other contexts as poisons. For example, the drug warfarin is used medically as an anticoagulant (to increase the time it takes blood to clot), an important effect for people who have had strokes or heart-valve replacement—but warfarin is also used as rat poison, because when rats eat it...

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