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Prisoners found drinking anti-swine flu hand gel to get drunk
Guardian ^ | 24 September 2009 | Steven Morris

Posted on 09/25/2009 5:41:19 AM PDT by Daffynition

Alcohol hand gel meant to combat swine flu has been banned from a prison after inmates became embroiled in a drunken brawl after drinking it.

Hand gels supplied to a prison to combat the risk of swine flu have been removed after inmates realised it contained alcohol and began drinking it to try to get drunk.

At least one prisoner at HMP The Verne on Portland, Dorset, was found intoxicated. The Prison Service confirmed that this case was being investigated but meanwhile antibacterial gel pumps had been removed as a "precautionary measure".

Andy Fear, a member of the Verne's Prison Officers Association (POA) committee, said the canisters had been ordered because of the swine flu threat.

"It was subsequently reported by some association members working here that the inmates had been incorrectly using them, for want of a better phrase," he said.

"The suspicion that was reported to us was that some of the inmates had drunk them. Of course some of the officers expressed concerns over potentially having to deal with prisoners who have had a drink."

The Guardian reported in August that the NHS was aware of a rising number of cases of patients with drink or drug problems stealing the £10-a-litre gel and mixing it with orange juice, Lucozade or cola to create powerful cocktails, including one suspected death.

Tim Roberts, branch chairman of the POA, said the association had raised concerns when it was first announced that the gel dispensers were being placed in the prison, because of the alcohol content.

A Prison Service spokesman said: "On 21 September a prisoner at HMP The Verne showed signs of intoxication, the cause of which will be investigated. Antibacterial gel pumps have been removed from the prison as a precautionary measure."

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(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: drunk; flu; gel; h1n1; hand; handgel; influenza; prisoners; swineflu

1 posted on 09/25/2009 5:41:19 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

The prisoners read the label, the staff did not.


2 posted on 09/25/2009 5:44:17 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: Daffynition

Is gel a sustance that they really want to introduce into prisons?


3 posted on 09/25/2009 5:44:18 AM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: Daffynition

It’s Methyl Alcohol, or denatured alcohol, isn’t it? That will cause blindness.


4 posted on 09/25/2009 5:44:21 AM PDT by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: Daffynition

That has to be worse that drinking listerine


5 posted on 09/25/2009 5:44:24 AM PDT by fso301
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To: Military family member
That will cause blindness.

as will several other prison activities...

6 posted on 09/25/2009 5:47:25 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Is it too soon for real conservatives to launch a "We Tried to Warn You Tour"?)
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To: gov_bean_ counter; Military family member
That will cause blindness.

Not if it's ethanol. And a lot of them are.
7 posted on 09/25/2009 5:50:17 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Daffynition

Well, at least maybe we’ll find out if the pig flu virus is designed to kill us off. I heard yesterday that 99% of providers are refusing to take pig flu shots. Now that there, that otta tell ya somethin ...

Then again, if prisoners start dropping from swine flu gel, I’m sure the authorities are not gonna pass that cause of death on to us peasants.


8 posted on 09/25/2009 5:54:33 AM PDT by webschooner (First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win -- Mahatma Gandhi)
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To: Daffynition; DvdMom

A school here in Texas has banned the alcohol based hand gel because they’re afraid the ‘children’ will drink it and it has enough alcohol to be considered a risk for alcohol poisoning.

What are the chances of that? I would say the risk of catching the flu is 100’s of times more.


9 posted on 09/25/2009 5:55:21 AM PDT by WestCoastGal
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To: Daffynition

Mmmmm Gello shots...


10 posted on 09/25/2009 5:57:04 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Daffynition

I was surprised to find that people drink rubbing alcohol when it goes on sale.


11 posted on 09/25/2009 6:00:04 AM PDT by iowamark (certified by Michael Steele as "ugly and incendiary")
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To: Daffynition

Some of the kooks around here chased off Michael L King. He would have something like this on his “Just Damn” ping list.

Just “Damn”.


12 posted on 09/25/2009 6:03:22 AM PDT by TypeZoNegative (Pro life & Vegan because I respect all life, Republican because our enemies don't respect ours.)
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To: fso301

It’s amazing what hard-core alcholics will drink. I worked as a volunteer at a residential place that dealt with (sort of) recovered alcoholics, and every so often the less recovered ones would go off the rails, break into the pantry, and drink the flavoring extracts.

One of them drank the peppermint extract and nearly burned out his throat. It must have been like drinking Absorbine.


13 posted on 09/25/2009 6:06:57 AM PDT by livius
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To: iowamark

“I was surprised to find that people drink rubbing alcohol when it goes on sale.”

Kitty Dukakis:

http://www.nytimes.com/1989/11/11/us/kitty-dukakis-recovering.html


14 posted on 09/25/2009 6:09:57 AM PDT by Publius Valerius
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To: Daffynition

I thought they had astringent rules against this sort of thing.


15 posted on 09/25/2009 6:12:02 AM PDT by Dysart
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To: Daffynition

The urinals were probably the cleanest they had ever been.


16 posted on 09/25/2009 6:17:15 AM PDT by posterchild (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable rights.)
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To: Daffynition

What kind of mentality does it take? These folks are beyond stupid, Insanity!


17 posted on 09/25/2009 6:21:38 AM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (The Tree of Liberty is long overdue for its natural manure)
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To: Daffynition

Apparently someone in the prison system doesn’t understand alcoholics/addicts.


18 posted on 09/25/2009 6:25:13 AM PDT by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
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To: livius

That stuff is nasty. A friend worked in a factory that dealt with a lot of peppermint. One day they had a spill, and had to evac the area around the building.


19 posted on 09/25/2009 6:27:25 AM PDT by FourPeas (Why does Professor Presbury's wolfhound, Roy, endeavour to bite him?)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Prisoners found drinking anti-swine flu hand gel to get drunk .

New swine flu article thread

Ping ....


20 posted on 09/25/2009 6:28:18 AM PDT by DvdMom (Freeper Smokin' Joe does the freeper Avian / H1N1 Ping List)
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To: WestCoastGal

I agree with you , thanks for the ping :)


21 posted on 09/25/2009 6:28:52 AM PDT by DvdMom (Freeper Smokin' Joe does the freeper Avian / H1N1 Ping List)
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To: aruanan

That’s why I asked if it was methyl Alcohol.


22 posted on 09/25/2009 7:13:03 AM PDT by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: Military family member
That’s why I asked if it was methyl Alcohol.

Sorry, I didn't see the thread, just the reply in the browse list.
23 posted on 09/25/2009 8:46:31 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Daffynition

24 posted on 09/25/2009 9:17:15 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...
Ping! (Thanks, DvdMom!)



Also, keep up with other H1N1 update stories on this thread: H1N1 flu victim collapsed on way to hospital [Latest H1N1 updates downthread] thanks to DvdMom and others.

25 posted on 09/25/2009 9:50:51 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Military family member; All


It’s Methyl Alcohol, or denatured alcohol, isn’t it? That will cause blindness.

Not only that, but it's also very flammable as well — the warning is on every label: "Flammable, keep away from fire or flame."

Not smart around a lot of Meth heads that know a little about basic chemistry.

A bad guy only has to make a homemade distillery in his cell or a back corner of an area he works in (washateria, kitchen, etc), using WHATEVER he can get his hands on in the prison. Here's one using a bag and a rice cooker.

Over a short time, he can collect more and more alcohol-based hand sanitizer, evaporate off the alcohol fumes, re-collect the fumes in concentrated aqueous form to create a small Molitov cocktail or certainly enough to start a fire to aid in an escape or hurt a guard.

Not very smart, prison officials — not very smart.


26 posted on 09/25/2009 10:32:27 AM PDT by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: DBrow

HAHAHA! This is the funniest swine flu thread ever.


27 posted on 09/25/2009 12:21:34 PM PDT by Palladin (ACORN is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Dysart

Nice! LOL


28 posted on 09/25/2009 12:47:49 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: mylife

HAHAHA!


29 posted on 09/25/2009 12:49:57 PM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: DBrow

Dam straight.


30 posted on 09/25/2009 3:22:45 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: livius

I have a sister that has drank everything and still does once in a while.
It’s ruined my mothers life.


31 posted on 09/30/2009 11:12:31 AM PDT by mowowie
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