Poison Control Information from the National Library of Medicine

NOTE: These resources should not be used in cases of poisoning emergencies. For poisoning emergencies, call your local Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is unconscious, call 911.

Starting Points

Databases on hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases
HSDB - Hazardous Substances Data Bank
Comprehensive, peer-reviewed toxicological data for over 5000 chemicals.
  • Excerpts from published literature on poison control information may be found in the following data category:
    • Emergency Medicine Treatment (data from Micromedex- PoisIndex)

TOXLINE - TOXicology Literature OnLINE
Over three million references from the toxicology literature, including MEDLINE/PubMed, research in progress, and meeting abstracts.
Household Products Database
Potential health effects of chemicals for over 6000 common household products
Database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Covers
  • maternal and infant drug levels
  • possible effects on infants
  • alternate drugs to consider

Search TOXNET for:

All TOXNET Databases
Household Products Database


More NLM Resources for Professionals

Drug Information Portal

Gateway to drug information from the National Library of Medicine and other key government agencies. Covers 15,000+ drugs from entry into clinical trials through entry in the market place.

PubMed/MEDLINE Toxicology Subset

References to biomedical journals
  • When you click on the above PubMed link, you will be searching in the Toxicology subset, not the entire MEDLINE/PubMed database

More NLM Resources for the Public and Students

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Tox Town

Interactive guide to potentially toxic substances and environmental health issues in everyday places
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Last updated: 17 March 2008
First published: 17 May 2005
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