Teens are finding another way to get high by drinking hand sanitizer. In the past week six California teens have ended up in the emergency room due to alcohol poisoning from the hand sanitizer. Doctors are now warning parents about this new and dangerous trend after treating the teens in the ER.
Regular drug store hand sanitizers contain up to 62% ethyl alcohol which in liquid is 120 proof. There are a number of videos on YouTube which show you how to distill hand sanitizer as well. Teens have uploaded videos onto YouTube where they are actually drinking straight from the hand sanitizer bottles.
To prevent teens from doing this doctors suggest purchasing the foam form of hand sanitizer because it is more difficult to drink and distill. One of the main concerns for parents is how easily accessible it is for kids to get hand sanitizer as well as the possibility of a child accidentally ingesting it.
Cyrus Rangan, director of the toxicology bureau for Los Angeles County’s public health department stated his concern over the issue fearing it could become a larger problem, “This is very dangerous. All it takes is just a few swallows and you have a drunk teenager.”
Watch the video below to see teens getting drunk on hand sanitizer. Comment below and let us know what you think, should there be an age requirement to purchasing hand sanitizer?
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