Consuming Hand Sanitizer New Dangerous Teen Trend

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We hope our readers will seriously consider the effect that toxins can have on the body, and that parents will act as good examples to their kids of both what to do, and of what not to do. men’s lifestyle and finance magazine today commented on the many teens who have been reported hospitalized after consuming hand sanitizer to get drunk. The teen appeal is that hand sanitizers are easily obtained over the counter and are an inexpensive means of alcohol. used this story as an example of what not to do, proving the health tip that they offer to not take in any toxic substances, including alcohol.

The LA Times reported that since 2010, the California Poison Control System has received 60 reports of teens consuming hand sanitizer for the alcohol content, typically 62% ethyl alcohol. Reportedly 16 teenagers have needed medial attention in the past two months alone after consumption of the potent over-the-counter liquid, six of them admitted to two San Fernando Valley emergency rooms. The article reports that public health officials are becoming worried that these incidents could be evidence of a serious and dangerous new fad.

According to the article, doctors said that some of the teenagers used salt to separate the alcohol in the hand sanitizers, finding the distillation instructions online. Cyrus Rangan, the director of the toxicology bureau for the Los Angeles County public health department as well as a medical toxicology consultant for the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital is quoted saying, “It’s essentially a shot of hard liquor. All it takes is a few swallows and you have a drunk teenager. It’s kind of scary that they go to that extent to get a shot of essentially hard liquor.” Rangan is among those health officials who is concerned about the trend becoming a bigger issue.’s Senior staff writer is quoted as saying, “The things kids will come up with. This is definitely one of those issues that I hope sparks parents to sit down with their kids and have ‘the’ talk about drugs and alcohol. While this hand sanitizer issue definitely needs to be addressed and remedied, I think it’s a good idea at the same time for parents to take the initiative and address the bigger issue, which is underage drinking as a whole.”

According to the LA Times, just a few drinks of liquid hand sanitizer is enough to slur a person’s speech and burn their stomach. With 62% ethyl alcohol, the liquid is essentially 120-proof. The article says that doctors were relatively shocked to see teens coming into the hospital with alcohol poisoning from ingesting hand sanitizers, since there were no reported incidents of this sort of thing in 2011. took the opportunity to further raise awareness to the issue of consuming toxic substances as a whole.’s Senior staff writer is quoted saying, “There are a number of things which people should do to stay healthy, and those are widely known. Things like exercise, get enough sleep, stay hydrated, eat a healthy diet and take in enough nutrients. But I think sometimes the things that we should not do to stay healthy get overlooked. One of the biggest taboos to staying healthy is taking in toxic substances, things like artificial colors, artificial sweeteners and flavors, and of course drugs, alcohol, and smoke. We hope our readers will seriously consider the effect that toxins can have on the body, and that parents will act as good examples to their kids of both what to do, and of what not to do.”

Some of the tips that were offered in the LA Times article for parents are to purchase the foam version of hand sanitizer rather than the gel type, if they are going to keep it in the house. The foam type is harder to extract alcohol from. It is also advised that parents not leave hand sanitizer around the house in case of accidental ingestion, which has happened to 2,327 kids ages 0 to 12 years old in the last few years. Parents are recommended to monitor hand sanitizer as they would a medication.

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