Health and Medicine

First Aid and Poisons

How is activated charcoal used medically?

Activated charcoal is an organic substance, such as burned wood or coal, that has been heated to approximately 1,000°F (537°C) in a controlled atmosphere. The result is a fine powder containing thousands of pores that have great absorbent qualities to rapidly absorb toxins and poisons. Activated charcoal is used medically in the treatment of drug overdoses and poisonings.


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