Birth Control Pills

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Birth control pills (also called oral contraceptives) are low doses of hormones taken to prevent pregnancy.  Most birth control pills come in a dose-pack with 28 pills.  The pills may have 2 or 3 different colors to show they have different ingredients.   Children’s bodies are not ready to respond to hormones, so nothing will happen.

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Pet Food

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Pet food is very similar to human food because it uses the same ingredients such as chicken, meat, and vegetables, although not the best parts.  It is usually cooked, but not always. 

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Pencils and Pencil “lead”

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Pencil “lead” is not actually lead, but is a soft mineral called graphite, bound together with clay and wax.  Don’t get it confused with real lead that might be found in paint chips from homes built before 1978, weights for fishing lines or curtains, decorated pottery, and other sources.

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Raw Meat

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We have to face facts that our fresh food supply has germs.  Thankfully, most of the time there is no problem at all.   Raw or undercooked meat can result in a type of food poisoning, but this rarely happens. 

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Spackle

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Spackle is a white, soft moldable putty used to fill holes in walls or to fill in the gaps between sheets of drywall or wallboard before it is painted. 

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Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb

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Fluorescent light bulbs contain a very small amount (4 to 6 mg) of mercury inside a glass tubing. In contrast, a thermometer contains about 500 mg of mercury. No mercury is released into the environment when the bulb is in use, it is only released when the glass tubing is cracked or broken.

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Tums

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Tums is an over-the-counter antacid that contains calcium carbonate. It is sold as a chewable tablet, gummy, or soft chew. There are many different brand name and generic forms. The active ingredient, calcium carbonate, is used to treat acid reflux, heartburn, and indigestion by neutralizing stomach acid.

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Protein Powder

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The various protein powders on the market are popular among athletes and those taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Young children might be attracted to protein powder products, especially if they see their parents and older siblings using them, or their favorite sports stars advertising them on television.

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Hair Wax, Chalk, or Dye

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There are a number of hair coloring options on the market, ranging from conventional hair dye to “child-friendly” chalk. These products can be temporary or permanent. Because coloring hair in vibrant reds, purples, and blues is a trend among teens and tweens, kids may want to give these products a try.

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Charcoal Briquettes

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Charcoal briquettes are made up of the finely broken up pieces of coal and a variety of additives are mixed in to act as binder which holds the charcoal briquette together. Examples of these additives include wood charcoal, limestone, starch and sawdust.

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Chalk

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Both sidewalk and blackboard chalk are made from calcium carbonate or calcium sulfate. Chalk is considered non-toxic in small amounts.

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