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How is powdered activated carbon used?


Fighting Poisons
Did you know that carbon binds to certain kinds of toxins?
Did you know that carbon binds to certain kinds of toxins?

Activated carbon comes into play in the emergency room as well. Carbon binds to toxins and prevents them from being absorbed into the stomach and intestines. So when someone overdoses on alcohol or drugs, doctors and paramedics can administer activated carbon and save a life.