The AAPCC works with America's 55 poison centers to track poisonings and their sources, including household products, food and beverages, chemicals in the workplace and home, environmental toxins, drugs and medicine, and animal and insect bites and stings.

Bath Salts

Synthetic cathinones, or “bath salts” are powerful drugs that can cause hallucinations and violent behavior.

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E-Cigarettes and Liquid Nicotine

Local poison centers report an uptick in liquid nicotine exposures.

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Hand Sanitizer

Ingesting any more than a taste of hand sanitizer can cause alcohol poisoning.

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Laundry Detergent Packets

Highly concentrated “single-load liquid laundry packets” can cause serious harm to young children.

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Opioid (Narcotic) Pain Medications

From 1999 to 2010, the number of U.S. drug poisoning deaths involving any opioid analgesic more than quadrupled. Poison center data indicate that analgesic exposures including opioids and sedatives are increasing year over year.

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Synthetic Cannabinoids

Use of synthetic cannabinoids can cause dangerous health effects like psychotic episodes and seizures.

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