The Poison Post ®
June 2022 Edition
Calla lilies are common household and garden plants and are frequently ingested by curious children. Calla lilies release microscopic needle-like crystals, resulting in immediate burning, pain and irritation. Severe or life-threatening symptoms are rare. Read more
Asian lady beetles (Harmonia axyridis) were introduced by the US Department of Agriculture to help control crop pests like aphids. Although they were invited guests, they have become branded as an invasive species and household pests. Asian lady beetles can bite, but they are not venomous. Read more
The castor bean is the seed of the castor oil plant (Ricinus communis). It contains a highly toxic compound called ricin, which is released when the seed is crushed or chewed. Ricin prevents cells from making proteins, which are essential to life. Although castor oil is made from the same seeds, it does not contain ricin.
Milnacipran (Savella) is one of three medications the FDA has approved to treat fibromyalgia (FM). It raises the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine in the central nervous system. Side effects are usually mild, but milnacipran can interact with other medications that raise serotonin levels leading to a hazardous condition known as serotonin syndrome. Read more
All parts of the Spanish broom plant (Spartium junceum) are considered toxic. It can cause symptoms ranging from abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea to more serious effects like seizures and respiratory failure. 
Euphorbia, also known as spurges, is a genus of over 2000 different types of flowering plants. These plants contain a milky white sap that can be very irritating to the skin, eyes, and mouth. If someone is exposed to spurge sap, it is important to decontaminate the exposed area.