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Teens Getting Drunk on Hand Sanitizer
ABC News ^ | Apr 24, 2012 | Sarah Hoberman

Posted on 04/24/2012 9:53:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway

As many as six California teenagers were hospitalized with alcohol poisoning last month, and two last weekend alone, from drinking hand sanitizer.

Coming on the heels of cough medicine, hand sanitizer is the latest in a string of household products used to induce intoxication, and it has public health officials worried, as a few squirts of hand sanitizer could equal a couple of shots of hard liquor.

“This is a rapidly emerging trend,” Dr. Cyrus Rangan, medical toxicology consultant for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, said in a news conference today. About 2,600 cases have been reported in California since 2010, but it’s become a national problem. “It’s not just localized to us,” Helen Arbogast, an injury prevention coordinator in the trauma program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, told ABC News today. “Since 2009 we can see on YouTube it’s in all regions of the country. We see it in the South, in the Midwest, in the East.” Liquid hand sanitizer is 62 to 65 percent ethyl alcohol, or ethanol, the main ingredient in beer, wine and spirits, making it 120-proof. To compare, a bottle of vodka is 80-proof.

“A few swallows is all it takes to get a person to get the intoxicated effects of alcohol,” Rangan said. Doctors said ingesting hand sanitizer can produce the same side effects as consuming large amounts of alcohol – slurred speech, unresponsiveness, possibly falling into a coma state.

Rangan warned that long-term use could lead to brain, liver and kidney damage.

Teenagers use salt to break up the alcohol from the sanitizer to get a more powerful dose. These distillation instructions can be found on the Internet in tutorial videos that describe in detail how to do it. Other troubling videos have surfaced online showing kids laughing as they purposely ingested sanitizer, many

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1 posted on 04/24/2012 9:53:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

And of course to “protect” the children, the Government will either ban it, or regulate it which will result in more Staph infections in hospitals and DEATH because kids nowadays are too damn dumb.

Jesus wept.

I am so sick of “kids” who want to be zoned out of life. If they think life is “just too hard” I say we let them just die. They insult every person who is struggling right this minute in a ICU or CCU to live.


2 posted on 04/24/2012 10:00:46 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: nickcarraway

Plain or aloe flavored... er, scented?

Well, it’s cheaper than vanilla extract.


3 posted on 04/24/2012 10:01:07 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: nickcarraway

Simple answer, drop the all powerful government hammer on sales of Hand Sanitizer. Maybe require an ID and 5 day waiting period before you can take a bottle home...

After all, it’s for the children!


4 posted on 04/24/2012 10:02:56 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (With (R)epublicans like these, who needs (D)emocrats?)
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To: Ezekiel

“Well, it’s cheaper than vanilla extract’’<< And probably goes down easier than Sterno.


5 posted on 04/24/2012 10:03:57 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Ezekiel

Well that takes care of bad breath and prolly shines up your gums a bit .......what stupid children the world is breeding !


6 posted on 04/24/2012 10:04:14 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (Any man may make a mistake ; none but a fool will persist in it . { Latin proverb })
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To: nickcarraway

Geah! That’s just nasty.


7 posted on 04/24/2012 10:08:14 PM PDT by RichInOC (...Phi Kappa Sigma, Beta Rho '87...[glugglugglugglugglugglugglugglug!] "Thanks, I needed that.")
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To: nickcarraway

Really? Hand sanitizer? Kids just don’t read nowadays, it is so easy to make wine from grape concentrate and other common ingredients available at the grocery. We made a particularly wicked batch of jungle juice once from Hawaiian Punch concentrate before we were old enough to buy booze. I am not encouraging teen substance abuse, but just wondering how stupid are these kids? I did know a huffer but I think he is in prison nowadays, dumb as a kid dumb as an adult.


8 posted on 04/24/2012 10:17:33 PM PDT by dog breath
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To: Ezekiel

“Rangan warned that long-term use could lead to brain, liver and kidney damage.”

**

But it did clean their hands, right?


9 posted on 04/24/2012 10:18:17 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

That’s exactly what will happen too.


10 posted on 04/24/2012 10:21:57 PM PDT by Sister_T
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To: max americana

Just leave them alone, we have an over population problem as it is.


11 posted on 04/24/2012 10:23:55 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 (I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds my future.,)
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To: nickcarraway

I wonder if this is what’s driving up the Kenyan’s approval ratings.


12 posted on 04/24/2012 10:25:39 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (It's time for the 47% to start paying their "fair share" of income taxes.)
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To: nickcarraway

Lets not stand in the way of natural selection; the pool needs a cleaning.


13 posted on 04/24/2012 10:29:42 PM PDT by Dawggie
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To: nickcarraway

Hand sanitizers include wood alcohol or methanol, which destroys the liver with a few swigs. Government greed for tax revenue has certainly led to a lot of unnecessary deaths - I don’t understand what possessed the citizenry to agree to the government’s requirement that products that contain grain alcohol be deliberately poisoned with wood alcohol. I can understand the existence of this wicked law in Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union, but here in the land of the free and the home of the brave?


14 posted on 04/24/2012 11:06:57 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: nickcarraway

If they are that stupid. Then let them die, and decrease the surplus population.


15 posted on 04/24/2012 11:38:29 PM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: nickcarraway

Do they still sell “Two Buck Chuck” in California?

In my day the kids would give money to the local convenience store wino.

One bottle for him, one bottle for us.

We got high, puked in my parent’s back yard, but nobody went to the hospital.


16 posted on 04/25/2012 12:49:35 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen
Trader Joe's still has it.

In my day, it was Boones Farm, Bartles and James Wine Cooler or if you were in a rush for a rush, Old English 800.

17 posted on 04/25/2012 12:59:21 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: nickcarraway

Hand sanitizer ? Shaving lotion is better .


18 posted on 04/25/2012 3:13:50 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (The best way to punish a - country is let professors run it. Fredrick the Great p/p)
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To: nickcarraway

Ban everything! Ban teens! Show your ID for mouthwash!


19 posted on 04/25/2012 3:18:08 AM PDT by Puddleglum
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

Just assign us all minders and get it over with.

If we were simply shadowed 24/7 by Personal Life Organizers to make sure we were all eating, exercising, driving and thinking correctly, good would be common. And we all want that. For the common good.


20 posted on 04/25/2012 3:30:30 AM PDT by Nickname
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To: dog breath

Lol! My husband and I make wine And beer from kits. They are legal for anyone to buy. When the primary fermenter is done I’m going to make mead. All any enterprising ylung person would have to do is buy raw honey and bread yeast from the grocery store. How sad that it’s probably the need for instant gratification for the everyone gets a trophy generation.


21 posted on 04/25/2012 3:42:33 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: dog breath
No social skills nowadays....fake id.s and getting somebody to buy booze is too 'old school' I guess.


And forget about stealing it from a neighbors garage refrigerator...(not that I'd know about any of those things)
22 posted on 04/25/2012 5:31:04 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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