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What’s your poison?

This week is National Poison Prevention Week in the US, as sanctioned by no less a person than the American President.

Unintentional poisoning is the biggest cause of injury-related death in America, with more than 36,000 fatalities in 2012. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), which collects poison-related data nationally, says that 93% of poisonings happen at home, and that 80% of these are accidental. Almost 50% of the poisonings were from medications or pharmaceuticals, while the rest were from household or automotive products, plants, pesticides, animal bites and stings, and other substances. Around 80,000 children a year are taken into the emergency departments of US hospitals due to poisoning.