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People Are Getting Sick From an Opioid-Like 'Dietary Supplement': Report People Are Getting Sick From an Opioid-Like 'Dietary Supplement': Report

People are increasingly turning to an unconventional drug to supplement their opioid addiction, suggests a new report published this week. And some are getting sick as a result. Since 2014, hundreds of people have apparently rung up their local poison control center in connection to tianeptine, an antidepressant not …

British Counter-Terrorism Officials Are Investigating Two More Novichok Poisonings British Counter-Terrorism Officials Are Investigating Two More Novichok Poisonings

Neil Basu, Britain’s top counter-terrorism official, announced on Wednesday evening that a couple poisoned in the county of Wiltshire appear to have been exposed to Novichok, the Soviet-era nerve agent behind the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury earlier this year.

Poisonous Books Discovered in Danish University Library Poisonous Books Discovered in Danish University Library

Something is toxic in the state of Denmark, as a pair of researchers recently discovered while archiving books at a university library.

The Outbreak of Severe Bleeding Caused by Synthetic Weed Has Now Spread Beyond Illinois The Outbreak of Severe Bleeding Caused by Synthetic Weed Has Now Spread Beyond Illinois

A frightening outbreak of uncontrollable bleeding linked to inhaling synthetic weed products seems to have spread beyond the borders of Illinois. On Thursday, Maryland health officials reported that at least one person in the state has come down with similar symptoms, the first case reported there.

Russia: Well, Maybe It Was Actually the UK That Poisoned Our Ex-Spy With Our Soviet-Era Nerve Agent Russia: Well, Maybe It Was Actually the UK That Poisoned Our Ex-Spy With Our Soviet-Era Nerve Agent

According to the BBC, Russian ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov now says that the nerve agent used in the poisoning of 66-year-old former Russian spy-turned-double-agent Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia Skripal in the city of Salisbury, England may have actually came from a nearby…

UK Authorities to People Who Came Near Suspected Russian Nerve Agent: Please Wash Your Clothes UK Authorities to People Who Came Near Suspected Russian Nerve Agent: Please Wash Your Clothes

British authorities have advised members of the public who may have been in attendance at a pub or a restaurant in Salisbury, England to wash their clothes and clean personal items with wet wipes after a former Russian spy, his daughter, and a police officer were found poisoned with a nerve agent.

Can Joker Venom Be Real?

As long as there has been a Joker—and we’re going on eighty years with this guy—there has been, as well, a Joker venom. It debuted alongside him, in 1940s Batman #1, and has been a part of his arsenal ever since.

EPA Head Met With CEO of Dow Before Rejecting Ban on Dow's Toxic Pesticide EPA Head Met With CEO of Dow Before Rejecting Ban on Dow's Toxic Pesticide

Scott Pruitt seems like the kind of guy who would dunk his first born in toxic waste just to demonstrate that it would survive. Still, his decision to reject a ban on a popular pesticide that’s been shown to harm children’s brains was a little surprising. On Tuesday, we found out that a cozy relationship with the…

An Alarming Number of Kids Are Getting Their Hands on Opioids An Alarming Number of Kids Are Getting Their Hands on Opioids

From 2000 to 2015, more than 188,000 phone calls were made to US Poison Control Centers on behalf of children who were exposed to prescription opioids, according to new research. That’s an average of 32 calls a day, or one call every 45 minutes.

An Alarming Number of Kids Are Getting Sick From Drinking Hand Sanitizers An Alarming Number of Kids Are Getting Sick From Drinking Hand Sanitizers

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are practically everywhere these days, but a new government report suggests an increasing number of children are ingesting these products and getting quite sick. Troublingly, many of these kids are drinking sanitizers to get a quick buzz from the alcohol.

Tourists Kill Bahamas' Swimming Pigs Because We Can't Have Anything Nice Tourists Kill Bahamas' Swimming Pigs Because We Can't Have Anything Nice

Some days, humans just generally suck. And then there are days when you realize why this planet is trying so hard to just wipe us out.

Guy Drinks Cyanide, Lives to Tell the Tale

Soluble cyanide salts are some of the deadliest poisons known to man.

A Common Artificial Sweetener Is Poisoning Dogs A Common Artificial Sweetener Is Poisoning Dogs

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in everything from toothpaste to peanut butter to sugar-free gum. And, it turns out, it’s poison for dogs.

Watch a Chef Make a Dish with a Poisonous Pufferfish

In order to serve fugu (pufferfish) in Japan, a chef needs to have a special license. That’s because fugu is poisonous and toxic and lethal. So why would someone eat something that could kill you? Because when prepared properly, it’s safe to eat and delicious. Watch chef Sasaki, a fugu specialist for over 45 years,…

Ancient Poisonous Flower Preserved in Amber Looks Dangerously Delicious Ancient Poisonous Flower Preserved in Amber Looks Dangerously Delicious

Amber delivers a slice of ancient life, showing us everything from early predation to the earliest preserved erect penis. Now, in a 30-year-old amber collection, scientists have found the earliest ancestor of those famous drawing-room mystery poisons, strychnine and curare.

Here Is Yet Another Reason to Fear Geese Here Is Yet Another Reason to Fear Geese

We all know that geese are loud, obnoxious devil-birds which attack in packs. Here’s another nasty trick. One kind of goose deliberately doses itself with poison, so it will kill anyone who eats it.

The "Giggling Granny" Serial Killer Who Smiled All the Way to Prison The "Giggling Granny" Serial Killer Who Smiled All the Way to Prison

Hey, y’all! Meet Nannie Doss. Over a period of nearly 30 years, this cheery serial killer chopped multiple limbs off her own family tree, with body count that’s alleged to include four husbands, her mother, one of her mother-in-laws, her two sisters, two of her children, a grandson, and a nephew.

How Much [X] Could You Eat Before It Would Kill You? How Much [X] Could You Eat Before It Would Kill You?

Toxicologists have a saying that "the dose makes the poison," meaning that anything and everything can kill you in large enough quantities. So here we take five incredibly common (and usually benign) foods and household items to their illogical conclusion. Ever contemplated eating 480 bananas? Don't do it.

An Autopsy On A 700-Year-Old Mummy Confirms He Was Murdered An Autopsy On A 700-Year-Old Mummy Confirms He Was Murdered

Using modern forensic techniques, a team of archaeologists have conducted an autopsy on the naturally preserved mummy of Cangrande della Scala. As suspected, the researchers have confirmed that the medieval Italian warlord was in fact assassinated.

Why Twisted Fairy Tales Are The Kind We Deserve Why Twisted Fairy Tales Are The Kind We Deserve

Fairy tales are more popular ever, inspiring hit movies, huge TV shows, and a flood of books. But aren't fairy tales also kind of… regressive? They always feature princesses in trouble, and the dashing princess who rescue them, right? Wrong. Poison author Sarah Pinborough argues that fairy tales should be subversive.

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