Poisoning: Overview

Poisoning, or toxicity, is the general category of poisoning from any type of substance. Poisons may be ingested (eaten), injected, or otherwise enter the body. Examples include food poisoning, accidental overdose, snake bites, heavy metal poisoning, alcohol poisoning, illicit drug overdoses, chemical poisoning, fume inhalation, CO poisoning, and many other substances. Prescription medication overdoses or adverse reactions are similar to a poisoning, and are also sometimes called toxicity or intoxication, such as Hepatotoxicity (Liver Toxicity) or Digitalis Intoxication.

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