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Poisoning

Poisons are substances that can cause temporary or permanent damage if too much is absorbed by the body. Get more information on the effects that different types of poisons have on the body.

Find out how to treat someone for poisoning, understand when you might need to get emergency medical help, and what to do if someone loses responsiveness.

Alcohol poisoning – Can happen when someone has drunk an excessive amount

Drug poisoning – Caused by an overdose of prescription or illegal drugs

Food poisoning – Caused by eating contaminated food

Swallowed poisons – When someone ingests poisonous substances, such as: chemicals, drugs, plants, fungi or berries.

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