Poison is a substance that through its chemical action usually kills, injures, or impairs an organism. Acute poisoning is exposure to a poison on one occasion or during a short period of time. Symptoms develop in close relation to the exposure. Poisonous materials can be found in a variety of household items as well as in laboratory reagents and chemicals.
Many poisons react differently to various treatments, so if you suspect a victim has been poisoned through ingestion, inhalation, or skin exposure:
- Try to determine what the poisoning agent is
- Call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone)
- Or call Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222 for specific first aid instructions