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Fact Sheet
Tox Town

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Tox Town ( is an interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances, your health, and the environment. Tox Town helps users explore a Port, Town, City, Farm, or US-Mexico Border community to identify common environmental hazards.

Each neighborhood is toured by selecting “Location” or “Chemical” links. For example, a user can click on the hospital in the City scene for a list of chemicals that might be found in a hospital and a list of resources about environmental concerns for hospital patients and staff. Or a user can click on a chemical, like mercury, to see where it might be found in a neighborhood and to learn more about it. Cutaway views give an inside look at the school, a home, and other buildings for more detail.

Tox Town uses color, graphics, sounds, and animation to convey connections between chemicals, the environment, and the public's health. It is designed to provide:

Tox Town also offers some resources en español (

Tox Town is recommended for high school and college students, educators, and the concerned public. It is a companion to the extensive information in the TOXNET® collection of databases that are typically used by toxicologists and health professionals.

Tox Town's chemical and environmental information comes from the TOXNET, MedlinePlus® and MedlinePlus en español® resources of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and other authoritative sources. Chemical descriptions are based on TOXNET and other resources and are reviewed by NLM toxicology staff. Tox Town is accredited by the Health on the Net Foundation (HON).

Tox Town is a project of the Specialized Information Services Division of the NLM and is part of its mission to address the toxicology and environmental health information needs of the general public.

Further Information

For detailed information about Tox Town, contact:

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Telephone: (301) 496-1131

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Last reviewed: 21 September 2007
Last updated: 21 September 2007
First published: 08 July 2003
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