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A poison is a substance that adversely affects one's health by causing injury, illness, or death. These are often marked with a skull and crossbones as shown on the right, below.
A substance that counteracts the effects of a poison is called an antidote.
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Treat poisonous materials with respect! Read the Safety Data Sheet to find out what ways a poison can kill you -- is it by inhalation, ingestion and/or skin contact? What precautions should you take with the material? What kinds of personal protective equipment (PPE) are recommended?
Remember to read the material label and SDS if a poison is ingested. For example, it is often bad to induce vomiting because some materials can cause additional chemical burns to the throat and esophagus upon regurgitation. If in doubt, contact the nearest emergency room or call the American Association of Poison Control Centers poisoning emergency number (800) 222-1222.
Don't fool around with poisons. Treat them with great respect at all times.
See also: activated charcoal, antidote, catharsis, cytotoxin, emetic, mus (mouse), Swiss Poison Class, toxic
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