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Teens drinking hand sanitizer to get drunk

Remember when washing your hands were what you did with hand sanitizer. Yeah, well, that was so 25-seconds ago.

Now the cool thing with mostly the under-20 folks is to drink the stuff. About a half-dozen southern California teenagers have gone to the emergency room in the past few months after chugging bottles of hand sanitizer.

“They’re looking at recipes online for how to remove the alcohol, and so they’re probably getting pretty close to what is called grain alcohol,’ said Billy Mallon, a physician with the LA County USC Medical Center. ‘You’re talking about 100% alcohol is what they’re gonna be left with.”

This stuff can slur your speech and make your stomach burn. Not a cool high at all.

But, of course, hand sanitizers are just the latest over-the-counter stuff that kids have been quaffing, along with mouthwash, cough syrup, even vanilla extract.

Thanks to these nitwits, we all may have to show our ID just to buy some soap.

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This entry was posted on May 1, 2012 by in NewsFix Now.
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