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    There's a new trend among teens looking for a buzz, doctors say, and it surrounds an unlikely household item designed to keep us germ-free: ethanol-based hand sanitizer.

    Teenagers are using it this stuff to get high, according to health officials. Poison control centers nationwide say reports are on the rise.

    The big issue here is the alcohol content, says Dr. Robert J. Geller, a medical toxicologist and Emory University pediatrician.

    He says these sanitizers "are actually products that are 60% ethanol which means they are 120 proof," and "if you drink 2 ounces of it, it's like drinking 3 ounces of 80-proof tequila."

    In California, where word of the trend first surfaced, there have been reports of 60 teenagers exposed since 2010, says Dr. Cyrus Rangan, toxicologist and assistant medical director of California Poison Control.

    In recent months L.A. County doctors noticed an increase in cases, so last week they asked the California Poison Control Center to run numbers to see if data matched their instincts.

    But nationwide statistics haven't been compiled, so CNN asked the American Association of Poison Control Centers check their database.

    Turns out the number of cases around the country are going up too.

    Last year there were 622 calls involving cases where teenagers reported exposure to ethanol-based hand sanitizer, according to the AAPCC. So far this year, they've already received 203 calls.

    The specifics of each case aren't known, but overall, "77% of teen exposures to hand sanitizers were oral; the rest were mainly the eye and skin," says Loreeta Canton, spokeswoman for the AAPCC.

    None of the reports involving hand sanitizers resulted in the deaths of young people, although one 2011 report involved a teen "with major effects that were life-threatening," according to the AAPCC.

    Also in 2011, there were 14 teens with "moderate effects"requiring treatment that were not life-threatening and 122 cases of teens with "minor symptoms" that were "minimally bothersome and generally resolved rapidly," the AAPCC says.

    So far this year, poison centers have received hand sanitizer reports of one incident that was "life threatening or resulted in disability or disfigurement," one incident that "required treatment, but was not life threatening" and 48 which were "minimally bothersome and were resolved rapidly."

    For teens there can be serious consequences, says Geller, from sedation, to vomiting, to slowed breathing, "it really depends on how much they take and how often they are doing this."

    Dr. Jennifer Shu, a CNN consultant and Atlanta pediatrician, says this is not a new concept for teens, it's just a new product for them to try. She says, "when used the wrong way, a lot of these things can have unintended consequences."

    Ethanol can interfere with normal body functioning and side effects can range from sedation, loss of coordination, and reaction timing, warns Dr.Carl Baum, a pediatric emergency physician and a medical toxicologist. "Too much ethanol can lead someone to have dangerous drops in blood sugar," just like drinking too much alcohol.

    Teens are being exposed through friends and finding recipes online to help make it more palatable, Rangan says. Some teens even add ingredients to separate the alcohol from the rest of the gel while some dilute it down.

    Drinking hand sanitizer poses the same risks as drinking alcohol for kids, says Rangan. "Regard it like you would regard any kind of medication in your house and monitor the amount in your house." He suggests parents use foam sanitizers which might be a little less appealing for a teenager to use in a recreational way.

    "I think it's just because of the easy accessibility," he says, "teens who are showing behaviors of intentionally taking hand sanitizer in an effort to get the alcohol high need to be evaluated for why are they doing that, and is this a symptom of a larger problem of substance abuse."

    Source: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/0...ens/?hpt=he_c2
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  2. Post #2
    RISC MASTER RACE.
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    This isn't a new trend.
    This is an old way to get high.
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    "You should see my penis, it puts a wookie to shame. its like a fucking front tail."
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    Idiots.
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  4. Post #4
    Clops with bisousbisous daily <3
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    Hooligans
    seriously
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  5. Post #5
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    No, I was being silly.
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  6. Post #6
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    September 2007
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    Those damn hooligans, what's next ruffians and scallywags?

    why won't idiots realize all these homemade jimmy rigged drugs are because of safer drugs being illegal/hard to get?
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  7. Post #7
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    "77% of teen exposures to hand sanitizers were oral; the rest were mainly the eye and skin,"
    They use hand sanitizer on their skin? Oh gods!
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  8. Post #8
    Ah yes "opinions"
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    Those damn hooligans, what's next ruffians and scallywags?

    why won't idiots realize all these homemade jimmy rigged drugs are because of safer drugs being illegal/hard to get?
    Personally i'd like to see a return of the word "charlatan"
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    The specifics of each case aren't known, but overall, "77% of teen exposures to hand sanitizers were oral; the rest were mainly the eye and skin," says Loreeta Canton, spokeswoman for the AAPCC.
    Bullshit, I really doubt 70% of teens use this stuff to get high.
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  10. Post #10
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    news headlines often use alliteration for emotive effect, hooligans get high on hand sanitizer
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  11. Post #11
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    September 2007
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    Personally i'd like to see a return of the word "charlatan"
    Charlatans is more of a word for scam artist.
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    erryday i'm hustlin
    Keeshond v2's Avatar
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    Doesn't really surprise me. It's probably only the really desperate fiend kids that resort to doing this to get high.

    I remember when petrol prices started getting really high and alcohol bans started coming in and getting enforced more strictly in the outback, some towns banned listerine and other mouthwash because desperadoes were drinking it.

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    July 2010
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    Doesn't really surprise me. It's probably only the really desperate fiend kids that resort to doing this to get high.

    I remember when petrol prices started getting really high and alcohol bans started coming in and getting enforced more strictly in the outback, some towns banned listerine and other mouthwash because desperadoes were drinking it.
    What does gas prices have to do with people drinking listerine? AND, when did they ever ban alchohol besides prohibition, when listerine didn't exist.

  14. Post #14
    roody poo's Avatar
    April 2012
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    Laughed at "Hooligans"

    Those damn whippersnappers won't get off my lawn. Back in my day we could get an ouce of weed for a nickle, now look at these kids with their fancy-pansy hand sanitizer.
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  15. Post #15
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    March 2005
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    Wow, hand sanitiser? Don't think you can get much lower than that.

  16. Post #16
    This isn't a new trend.
    This is an old way to get high.
    veteran hand-sanitizer user here.
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  17. Post #17
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    Surprised they are only figuring this out now, People here have been using Industrial Spirits and hand sanitizers to get drunk for a long time now.

  18. Post #18
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    This isn't a new trend.
    This is an old way to get high.
    Friend of mine works as an orderly in our hospital, he seen one Alcoholic get brought in to sober up and he escaped and went on a hand sanitiser binge through the hospital, he went from ward to ward drinking the stuff from it's housing bottle. Needless to say he had to get his stomach pumped.
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  19. Post #19
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    I put on hand-sanitizer between my toes so my parents don't know.
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  20. Post #20
    This probably isn't a good idea
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    Ethanol can interfere with normal body functioning and side effects can range from sedation, loss of coordination, and reaction timing, warns Dr.Carl Baum, a pediatric emergency physician and a medical toxicologist. "Too much ethanol can lead someone to have dangerous drops in blood sugar," just like drinking too much alcohol.
    No shit, it's almost like ethanol is the exact same chemical as alcohol in drinks...
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    How desperate for a high do you even need to be before you do this?

    Hand sanitizer smells head-hurty without even drinking it. It probably tastes like piss.

  22. Post #22
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    November 2006
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    Damn kids'll do anything to get high. This is stupid.
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  23. Post #23
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    Wow, hand sanitiser? Don't think you can get much lower than that.
    Well, there's still computer duster.
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  24. Post #24
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    I hate how they purvey the idea that "getting high" is somehow morally abhorrent in the first place. If all the relatively safe substances weren't already pushed into the fucking underworld maybe there wouldn't be so much of a problem with this kind of shit...

    Hey kids, you know that non-age restricted espresso in the kitchen? Maybe you should have a cup or six. Maybe you'll get a fucking buzz.
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  25. Post #25
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    You can buy vodka and unflavored jello and make "fake" hand sanitizer that looks and smells like the real deal. Put it back in the bottle and drink it around people... especially on the bus to see what they'd do...
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  26. Post #26
    "The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell"
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    Because they allow hooligans to drink vodka in school.

  27. Post #27
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    July 2007
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    Is it seriously that hard for them to find a bottle of real liquor? There's always hobos chilling outside of 7-11 and convenience stores, hand 'em $20 and let them keep the change, or buy them a pack of cigs.

  28. Post #28
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    September 2007
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    Because they allow hooligans to drink vodka in school.
    I think he meant that the hooligans put it into the hand sanitizer bottle.

  29. Post #29
    kill yourself
    Protocol7's Avatar
    June 2006
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    i shoot up hand sanitizer into my veins

    cleans up bacteria real nice and i get real high
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  30. Post #30
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    i shoot up hand sanitizer into my veins

    cleans up bacteria real nice and i get real high
    Hand Sanitizer enemas.

    Squeaky clean.

  31. Post #31
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    September 2007
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    Hand Sanitizer enemas.

    Squeaky clean.
    Also squeaky burning in so much pain oh god why did I do this.
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  32. Post #32
    Dennab
    July 2009
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    I didn't even know you could get high off of hand sanitizer. Why must kids try to get high on everything? can they just not get high on life?
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  33. Post #33
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    July 2007
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    The first time I heard of this was earlier this month. I am wondering if this was just completely made up or fucking blown out of proportion from one instance and dumbasses thought it would be a good idea to try it.

  34. Post #34
    Aren't they getting drunk off of it since it contains alcohol? What I keep reading is that they're drinking it. Drunk and high are two different things.
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  35. Post #35
    bake someone a cake with laxatives and viagra and then they will have poopboners
    n0cturni's Avatar
    August 2007
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    I am going to be seriously pissed off if this means that I'll soon have to present an ID to buy a fucking bottle of hand sanitizer, just like air dusters.
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  36. Post #36
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    February 2009
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    They should replace it with methanol, let them enjoy some of that.
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  37. Post #37
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    December 2010
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    I am not a drug user or anything, but if you want to get high why don't you just smoke weed in the first place? Is hand sanitizer a gateway drug to marijuana?
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  39. Post #39
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    March 2007
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    I tried some a few months ago. It is the most unholy disgusting thing in existence.

    Edited:

    Not to try and get high, just to see what it tasted like.

  40. Post #40
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    January 2012
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    I tried some a few months ago. It is the most unholy disgusting thing in existence.

    Edited:

    Not to try and get high, just to see what it tasted like.
    Clean tasting?
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