Skip to comments.Teens Getting Drunk on Hand Sanitizer
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 Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, said in a news conference today. About 2,600 cases have been reported in California since 2010, but its become a national problem. Its not just localized to us, Helen Arbogast, an injury prevention coordinator in the trauma program at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, told ABC News today. Since 2009 we can see on YouTube its 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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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.
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.
Plain or aloe flavored... er, scented?
Well, it’s cheaper than vanilla extract.
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!
“Well, it’s cheaper than vanilla extract’’<< And probably goes down easier than Sterno.
Well that takes care of bad breath and prolly shines up your gums a bit .......what stupid children the world is breeding !
Geah! That’s just nasty.
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.
“Rangan warned that long-term use could lead to brain, liver and kidney damage.”
But it did clean their hands, right?
That’s exactly what will happen too.
Just leave them alone, we have an over population problem as it is.
I wonder if this is what’s driving up the Kenyan’s approval ratings.
Lets not stand in the way of natural selection; the pool needs a cleaning.
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?
If they are that stupid. Then let them die, and decrease the surplus population.
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.
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.
Hand sanitizer ? Shaving lotion is better .
Ban everything! Ban teens! Show your ID for mouthwash!
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.
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.