Poisons, What I Took Away

At the Public Safety Writers Association's Conference we learned all about poisons from J.L.Greger (Janet to me), a university professor and toxicologist, and Gloria Casale, a physician and death scene investigator.

The medical examiner and/or forensic person have to looking for a poison.

Some over the counter medications might not be traceable or thought of as a poison.

Here is a list of poisons:

Arsenic
Mustard gas
Cyanide
Strychnine
Ricin (Castor bean)
Sarin
VX
Arrow poison/Carare'
Polonium
Botulism toxin

Some others:

Mushrooms
Anthrax
Oleander
Hemlock (every part of the plant)
Nightshade
Buttercup
Monk's head
Nicotine
Carbon Monoxide
Overdose of medications

Victims:

May not be an autopsy 
A dead person in India
Elderly 
Someone with a chronic disease
Renal failure, heart disease, alcoholics, drug addict, gardeners

20% of death by poison not solved.

Poisoners:

Male, medical person, caregiver, mother, wife, husband,mercy killer
A diabolic terrorists

My big takeaway:

A large enough dose of anything will kill you.

Marilyn



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