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We all know medicines can be dangerous, but we may not always think of personal care products or household cleaners as poisons.  It's second nature to use these items and to have them readily available.  However, household products can be poisons if used in the way wrong, in the wrong amount, or by the wrong person.

Remember, young children can't read labels, and many products around the home look like candy or something tasty to drink.  

Take a look for yourself. Can you see a difference?

Common Look-A-Likes
Cleaner and Juice Medicine and Juice Sports Drink and Cleaner Cleaner and Sports Drink

Mouthwash and Blue Soda

Jelly Beans and Iron Tablets Mouse Killer and Hard Candy Candy and Chewable Medicine


Gummy Bears and Gummy Vitamins Chocolate and Laxatives Chew Candy and Medicine


Click here for a downloadable and printable poster featuring the look-a-likes above.  
Click individual images to expand the pictures for individual use.
Click here for tips to avoid look-a-like poisonings.
Want to learn more about Look-A-Likes? Check out our other links below.  

Click here to download or purchase your own Mistaken Identity poster seen to the left.

Click here to watch a video about the dangers of Look-A-Likes.

Click here to link to a news story about how common household products have been misused. 

Visit to learn more about medicine safety, download tip sheets, and take a pledge to keep items in your home Up and Away.

If you think a child might have gotten into medicine, vitamins, cleaning supplies, or personal care items call Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 right away. Don't wait for symptoms to develop as many times symptoms are delayed.

Prevention Tips for Look-A-Likes
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