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NOTE: Despite a high frequency of involvement, these substances are not necessarily the most toxic, but rather may only be the most readily accessible.

*Percentages are based on total number of known ingested substances in the U.S. rather than the total number of human exposure cases.

From Watson et al., 2004.

Table 64-2

Categories with Largest Numbers of Deaths*

Table 64-2

Category

Number

% of All Exposures

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