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What causes poisoning?

Poisoning is caused by the contact or ingestion of a harmful foreign substance. This substance, the poison, is toxic and can damage an otherwise healthy body. In some cases, poisoning is caused by simply having too much of an item. A medication that is normally beneficial to a person can be toxic if a large amount is swallowed, or if it is taken by someone other than the intended recipient.

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