A poison is anything that someone eats, drinks, breaths in, or gets in their eyes or on their skin that can cause illness or death; poisons can be solids, liquids, gases, or aerosols. Poisonings are a significant cause of injuries and deaths in the United States; millions of people are poisoned every year. Poisonings are the third leading cause of unintentional injury deaths as well as suicide deaths in the U.S.

The documents below provide basic information on poisonings and prevention.

Parent's Safety Checklist

Safety Presentation

Research Papers

Links of Interest

Source/Contact Information
This area of the Safety section of the website was developed by Wendy J. Pomerantz, M.D., M.S.

Poison Prevention Links

Poison HELP!
Call 1-800-222-1222 for questions about poisons and poisonings. Information on the hotline and the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Did you know?

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