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Poison Hazards

A poison is anything that can make you sick or kill you if you eat it, breathe it, or get it in your eyes or on your skin. Poisoning continues to be one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. Although the number of reported poisoning related deaths in the U.S. has dramatically decreased from several hundred per year to less than 50 per year, non-fatal poisonings are still a significant problem. It is estimated that more than 150,000 men, women and children are poisoned each year in Georgia.

Bites and Stings
Poisoning occurring as an allergic response to the sting of an insect, spider, tick, marine life or the bite of a snake.

Carbon Monoxide
Poisoning caused by an odorless, colorless, deadly gas produced by burning any fuel.

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Drugs of Abuse
Deaths resulting from drugs of abuse have become an epidemic in the United States.

Food Poisoning
Poisoning caused by bacteria in certain foods that are not handled, cooked, or stored properly.

Household Products
Poisoning caused by the body’s absorption of hazardous chemicals contained in household products such as cleaning or automotive products, pesticides, fuels, paints, pool products, and toys.

Lead Poisoning
Poisoning caused by eating lead paint chips or breathing or eating lead dust.

Medicines
Poisoning caused by incorrect use of both prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

Pesticides
Poisoning caused as a result of improper handling of chemicals used to destroy, prevent, or control pests.

Pets & Poisons
Poisoning of pets occurring as a result of exposure to substances that are harmful to them.

Poisonous Plants
Poisoning caused by ingestion or physical contact with poisonous plants.

Rabies
Information about the deadly rabies virus found in the saliva and brain tissue of infected animals.