Thursday, April 26, 2012

Teens Learn to Make Liquor from Hand Sanitizer

Among the multitude of disturbing headlines today is this one: “Surge In Alcohol Poisoning Cases Tied To Teens Drinking Hand Sanitizer.”

The article starts out:

“Health officials on Tuesday reported the rise of a troubling new trend in Southland emergency rooms: teenagers being treated for alcohol poisoning after drinking hand sanitizer.”

So apparently, the headline wasn’t lying or even misleading. The story continues…

“At least six Southland teens have been treated for drinking hand sanitizer – which is 62 percent ethyl alcohol – after zero cases were reported last year.

“Dr. Cyrus Rangan, chief of toxicology for the Los Angeles County Health Department, said kids have figured out how to distill the alcohol and turn it into a 120 proof drink.”

I have no further comments at this time, because mere comments really just can’t suffice right now.

1 comment:

  1. hi very nice blog and very nice information.I have used hand sanitizer only few times in the last few months...not sure if it cleans hands completely, but it can't give the feeling of washing hands...may be medicated ones which docs use are good...they can't keep on washing they have to use it...but we can generally avoid unless it's an emergency...nothing wrong keeping one handy