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Sep 15, 2015 5:34 PM

Poison control centers: More kids getting drunk on hand sanitizer than ever before


CONORD – When you hear of teenagers in the hospital for drinking, you may think of cheap vodka not hand sanitizer.

Hand sanitizer has become part of our daily lives with bottles often all over schools, workplaces and mounted to doorways.

And since 2010, poison control center hotlines across the United States have seen a nearly 400% increase in calls related to children younger than 12 ingesting hand sanitizer, according to new analysis by the Georgia Poison Center.

According to CNN, six-year-old Nhaijah Russell was sent to the emergency room after she ingested enough hand sanitizer to make her blood alcohol level reach .179 - what is considered twice an adult’s legal limit.

The report said she was barely able to walk and slurring her words.

In this case Russell drank some strawberry-flavored sanitizer because it was "yummy."

The amount of alcohol in sanitizer can range from 45% to 95% and sometimes ingesting as little as two or three squirts can cause alcohol poisoning.

Next time you put down a bottle of Purrell, remember to talk to your kids about the dangers of alcohol consumption.


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