Monday, April 30, 2012

Teens and Hand Sanitizers

There have been numerous posts on ACE’s Inhalant Message Board regarding people inhaling hand sanitizer, but did you know there’s a new trend of teens drinking ethanol hand sanitizers to get drunk?

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), last year 622 calls were made to poison centers nationwide concerning exposure* to hand sanitizers by teens ages 13 through 19. So far this year (as of April 25th) there have already been 203 calls!
Do you know the facts?



Have you talked to a teen in your life about this issue? Please click here to check out the AAPCC’s FAQ sheet on hand sanitizer misuse and abuse.

*"Exposure" means someone has had contact with the substance in some way; for example, ingested, inhaled, absorbed by the skin or eyes, etc. Not all exposures are poisonings or overdoses

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