It is a medical subspecialty focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment for adverse effects or poisoning due to occupational and environmental toxicants, medications, envenomations, and biological agents. Medical toxicologists treat various problems including acute or chronic poisoning, drug overdoses, adverse drug reactions (ADRs), substance abuse, chemical exposures, and industrial accidents.
Medical toxicology is officially recognized as a subspecialty of medicine by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Medical toxicologists are physicians, whose primary specialization is in occupational medicine, emergency medicine, or pediatrics. Medical Toxicologists work in a variety of settings including clinical laboratories, forensic laboratories, government agencies, industry and commerce, medical schools, universities, clinical training sites, emergency departments, inpatient units, and intensive care units.
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