Skip to comments.Prisoners found drinking anti-swine flu hand gel to get drunk
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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I agree with you , thanks for the ping :)
That’s why I asked if it was methyl Alcohol.
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.
Its Methyl Alcohol, or denatured alcohol, isnt 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.
HAHAHA! This is the funniest swine flu thread ever.
I have a sister that has drank everything and still does once in a while.
It’s ruined my mothers life.