I was reading up on oleander poisoning online tonight and came across something disturbing. There is a website called suicide:list of contents. It tells you exactly how to commit suicide, down to the doses and methods to carry it out successfully! I know we ER nurses have all joked we think there should be a book Suicide, Getting it Right.... but geez!!! I found it on the mamma meta search. I was looking for info to print on oleander poisoning after seeing that the Lowes hardware store was selling oleander plants. I want to take the info to them and encourage them to not sell these plants because so many folks don't know it is highly toxic. People have died from using the sticks to roast hotdogs! just 8 oz of the leaves are enough to kill a horse!!! The entire plant is poisonous. My sister said that a child at the Marine base she was at in SC died from trying to get the nectar from the flower. ( We used to love to do that with honeysuckle when I was a kid). The entire base had all the oleander shrubs dug up after that. Even inhaling the smoke from burning it is toxic. Just wanted to share that info.
May 1, '02
Amy, I know what you mean about the Suicide, Getting it Right book, but geez Louise! A website with instructions!! Wonder what the person who is the owner of that website calls themself(ves)? Murderers, mortician wannabes?
We all know that if somebody is serious about it, they WILL get it right. Folks surely do not need a darn website helping them!
As far as the oleanders-I spent 40 years in FL, and they were everywhere down theree, and most everyone seemed to know that they were poisonous. I never knew, read about, ofr tx anyone in FL for oleader poisoning.
In S. GA, they are planted in the medians of Interstates 95 and 16.
Last edit by Cathy Wilson, RN on May 1, '02