Los Angeles emergency rooms are reporting a growing number of teenagers coming in drunk after drinking cheap, liquid hand sanitizer. The hand sanitizers, which can make a 120 proof liquid, contain over 60% ethyl alcohol and are becoming an increasingly popular route for getting drunk.
According to the Los Angeles Times, six teens have been reportedly taken to emergency rooms in the San Fernando Valley and treated for alcohol poisoning after drinking the hand sanitizers.
It has become more and more common to find teens and even adults searching for something to alter their emotional state, including drinking hand sanitizer.
Officials are telling parents to treat hand sanitizers like they would treat liquors and medications in their home. Experts recommend buying non-alcohol based hand sanitizers or even buying the foam product, which is harder to extract the alcohol from.
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