Ricin Topic Guide
Ricin is a potent toxin that can be used as an agent of biological warfare, as a weapon of mass destruction, or to cause someone harm; even death. Ricin is a protein derived from castor beans used to make caster oil (motor oil). Symptoms of ricin poisoning depend on whether it has been inhaled, ingested from contaminated food or drink, or by injection, and may include:
A person exposed to ricin should seek medical care immediately.
Activated Charcoal Activated charcoal is a substance used when a person has ingested a poison (drugs or chemicals). Activated charcoal absorbs the poisons in the GI tract. Activated charcoal is administered by a physician and is not recommended for home use. In the United States, the National Poison Control Center hot line is 1-800-222-1222. If someone has ingested poisonous levels of chemicals or drugs, contact the emergency medical response system in your area or take the patient to the nearest emergency department.