Activated Charcoal Topic Guide
Activated Charcoal: Activated charcoal is a substance used when a person has ingested a poison (drugs or chemicals). Activated charcoal absorbs the poisons in the GI tract. Activated charcoal is administered by a physician and is not recommended for home use. In the United States, the National Poison Control Center hot line is 1-800-222-1222. If someone has ingested poisonous levels of chemicals or drugs, contact the emergency medical response system in your area or take the patient to the nearest emergency department.
Poison Proofing Your Home Poison proofing your home is one of the most important ways to protect your family and pets from an accidental poisoning from solids (pills, plants, fertilizers), liquids (medicine, soap, household cleaners), insecticide sprays and paints, and odors such as carbon monoxide and paint stripper. Have the poison control center phone numbers and information readily available in case of an accidental poisoning. Information about when to seek medical care is also included in the information.