Hydrocyanic Acid

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Hydrocyanic acid (Forestite) is a non-persistent blood agent. It is absorbed into the body primarily through the respiratory system. It attacks body function by action on the enzyme cytochrome oxidase, preventing the normal utilization of oxygen by cells and causing rapid damage to body tissues. Death will occur, with lethal dosage, within 15 minutes.


Old Chemical Weapons Reference Guide (1998)