What is a poison?

A poison is any substance that can hurt your body or make you sick if used in the wrong way, by the wrong person, or in the wrong amount. Poisons may be solids, liquids/sprays, or gases and can be found in many living things (i.e., the venom of some animals, plants, sea-life, spiders or insects).

Poisons can enter the body through the following ways:

  • Mouth – Eating/Drinking
  • Nose – Breathing/Smelling
  • Eyes – Splashed
  • Skin – Touching/Spills/Bites/Stings

The dose ingested determines how toxic something is to the body .  Anything can be poisonous if you are not careful.