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Are poinsettia plants toxic?

Leigh Vinocur, MD
Emergency Medicine

The answer is a resounding no! Every year kids or pets are rushed into the ER and countless calls come into Poison Control Centers around the country for ingestion of some part of the popular holiday plant. However, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, a study released in 2000 found that out of nearly 23,000 poinsettia exposures reported to poison control centers nationwide, there was essentially no significant toxicity of any kind. Even prior animal studies found no toxicity in rats.

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