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Poison Prevention 101: Learn to Avoid Bites, Overdoses, Accidental Poisoning

poison prevention advice from expertsSnakes, spiders, bees. Laundry pods, cleaning supplies, medicines. Ivy and mushrooms. It seems like everywhere you go, there’s a potential poison lurking, waiting to get you.

The good news: You can learn how to spot the dangers. The steps might even seem obvious. Keep medicines and laundry pods away from your kids. Watch your feet in the woods.

But sometimes, poison prevention isn’t so obvious. Mushrooms may mystify you. Or maybe you didn’t know that you can overdose on caffeine.

Keep reading for in-depth, UVA Health expert advice on poison prevention.

Signs of Poisoning?

Food poisoning, spider bite: Sometimes you can’t predict or prevent getting poisoned. If you or someone you know eats a strange berry or inhales a mysterious vapor, we’re here for you.

Call the Blue Ridge Poison Center hotline, 24/7, at 800.222.1222.

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