NCPC Header
NCPC Header Dropshadow
Send Singing Card
Prevent Poisonings
Household poisons
Inhalant Abuse
Summer Safety Quiz
Holiday Food Safety
Most common poisons
Most dangerous poisons
Poison Prevention Week
Preschool ed program
Elementary ed program
Adult education program
  Poison Prevention Posters
Order Free Materials
Act Fast
Donate Now
Learn the Poison Prevention Jingle
Sign up for our Email Newsletter The Poison Post
About Us
Poison Info
Poisoning Stats
Button Batteries
En Espaņol
For Kids, By Kids
Give us your feedback
Other Poison Centers
Case Studies
Hospital Supporters
Medical Toxicology Fellowship

The Most Common Poisons for Children and Adults

The most common poisons among children are:

  • cosmetics and personal care products
  • cleaning substances
  • pain medicine/fever-reducers
  • coins, thermometers
  • plants
  • diaper care, acne preparations, antiseptics
  • cough and cold preparations
  • pesticides
  • vitamins
  • gastrointestinal preparations
  • antimicrobials
  • arts, crafts and office supplies
  • antihistamines
  • hormones and hormone antagonists (diabetes medications, contraceptives)
  • hydrocarbons (lamp oil, kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid)

The most common poisons among adults are:

  • pain medicine
  • sedatives, hypnotics, antipsychotics
  • cleaning substances
  • antidepressants
  • bites and envenomations
  • alcohols
  • food products and food poisoning
  • cosmetics and personal care products
  • chemicals
  • pesticides
  • cardiovascular drugs
  • fumes, gases, vapors
  • hydrocarbons
  • antihistamines
  • anticonvulsants
  • antimicrobials
  • stimulants and street drugs
  • plants
  • cough and cold preparations

Home  |   |  About Us
NCPC Footer