What is the prevalence of arsenic toxicity in the US?

Updated: Dec 31, 2020
  • Author: Adefris Adal, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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Exposure to arsenic within the United States can occur through many routes. It has been used with both criminal and suicidal intent as an agent to poison individuals or groups. [15] Medications used to treat disease, such as the chemotherapeutic agent arsenic trioxide, are iatrogenic sources. Industrial exposure to the waste products of smelting plants is another potential source. Arsenic-containing pesticides are still used in some areas of the country, with its use mostly found in cotton fields. [16]

According to the AAPCC, in 2019, there were 605 single exposures related to arsenic (excluding pesticides) and 16 exposures to arsenic-containing pesticides. [14]


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