If you’ve ever worked in a laboratory, hospital, or chemical facility, you know there are certain familiar signs that command one’s attention. One classic example is the skull and crossbones, a universal emblem for poison, or lethal danger.
If you accidently ingest a known poison, there are certain protocols that must be adopted. A medical professional may instruct you to regurgitate what’s in your stomach, you might need your stomach pumped, you may have to swallow activated charcoal, or you may be told to “contact a poison control center immediately.”
The last protocol to contact the poison center also happens to be a compulsory warning that is on the boxes of over 96% of the toothpastes on the consumer market today.