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What contains poison that you give and take?
Where words and actions can make or break
Shared with all and made opaque
Or kept inside for others' sake

The solution is a single-word answer.

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  • $\begingroup$ My suggestion for a title revision is to make it clear that this is the actual goal, and that the body content is just details. Otherwise, lead-in text and/or a final line would be a good idea. $\endgroup$ – feelinferrety Aug 30 '17 at 21:23
  • $\begingroup$ @feelinferrety I'm happy with this now. I feel I've done what I can, so we'll see what the community thinks now. $\endgroup$ – rybo111 Aug 30 '17 at 22:17
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    $\begingroup$ *stamps* APPROVED! $\endgroup$ – feelinferrety Aug 30 '17 at 22:39
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Maybe the answer is

opinions

What contains poison that you give and take?

The word "poison" is inside "opinions", and you can give an opinion or take someone's opinion into account

Where words and actions can make or break
Shared with all and made opaque
Or kept inside for others' sake

You can bare your opinion for all to see with words or actions, but unpopular opinions might be offensive to some people so it's sometimes advisable to keep them to yourself.

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    $\begingroup$ This has got to be it $\endgroup$ – benzene Aug 31 '17 at 4:26
  • $\begingroup$ @benzene indeed it is it $\endgroup$ – rybo111 Aug 31 '17 at 18:08
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It could be

balloons (8 letters if you don't count the s)

which contain

carbon dioxide

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  • $\begingroup$ Not the right answer, sorry $\endgroup$ – rybo111 Aug 30 '17 at 20:11
  • $\begingroup$ It could be LUNGS. $\endgroup$ – Mea Culpa Nay Aug 31 '17 at 2:32
  • $\begingroup$ @MeaCulpaNay A previous edit said it had 8 letters. I was thinking it could be lungfull, though $\endgroup$ – benzene Aug 31 '17 at 2:46
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Well, if taken literally,

it could be 'breathes'

For

What contains poison that you give and take?

Exhale contains CO2 (a poisonous gas) and take - is for inhale

Where words and actions can make or break

While speaking words, one has to inhale / exhale as well that is breathe and sometimes we may lose words (or breath itself, while talking)

Shared with all and made opaque

In a quarrel, while doing a verbal exchange - which tarnishes (opaque) one's image and

Or kept inside for others' sake

We should hold (or kept) our beathe for others who depend on us / whom we are dear to !

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