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Teens Getting Drunk Off Hand Sanitizer: Sickest 'High' Idea Yet?

News 2012/04/25 13:00:00
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We've heard of drinking cough syrup, huffing compressed air, snorting "bath salts," and smoking synthetic spice, but this is a new one. Teens are reportedly filming themselves downing hand sanitizer because of the 62% ethyl alcohol content (hard liquor is typically 40%-45%) and posting the videos on YouTube. Six kids have already landed in the emergency room because of it.

Dr. Young-jin Sue, a pediatric toxicologist at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, told The New York Daily News, "Teens don’t have access to ethyl alcohol so they resort to crazy things. It's very concentrated, just a few ounces can make someone sick." Doctors suggest parents buy their hand sanitizer in foam form if they're worried, but even then, the teens can buy it themselves. Do you think this is the sickest high yet?


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  • Dave0626 2012/04/25 13:56:36
    Yes
    Dave0626
    +19
    "Teens are reportedly filming themselves downing hand sanitizer because of the 62% ethyl alcohol content"

    The "story" is incomplete Soda Head "reporters"....First off...how many teens are we talking about? ...3, 4,,5, 10?... or several thousand? Not expecting any answers. Cuz it's only a 'sensationalist story' anyway. Strictly for the purpose of 'marketing news'.

    Most likely some You Tube is showing a few kids doing this, but of course it becomes:
    "Teens are reportedly filming themselves...."

    What a load of BS!!

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  • gskgs 2012/09/17 00:33:01
    No
    gskgs
    Let them use safer things like weed
  • Ryoka∞Boy 2012/05/23 08:58:13
    No
    Ryoka∞Boy
    Teen or not,you have to be one hell of an idiot to take part in this.
  • John Galt jr or Ron/jon 2012/05/22 20:43:18
    No
    John Galt jr or Ron/jon
    no but it's right up there...
    and of course everybody should know by now that this is not an epidemic,
    the national alert was based on a single party of teenagers in California...
    So now everybody can try it and parents have to keep their sanitizer locked up?
  • CaptCrash 2012/05/17 20:00:56
    Yes
    CaptCrash
    Looks like a case of "Stupid is, as Stupid does".
  • Brynn 2012/05/15 11:29:21
    No
    Brynn
    I don't believe many teens are participating in this. It's not that hard to get ahold of real drugs.
  • dog 2012/05/08 21:11:26
    Yes
    dog
    Who does that!
  • Royo 2012/05/03 01:24:43
    No
    Royo
    Not a really good idea, but there are worse things you can do.
  • Marella 2012/05/02 04:10:31
    Yes
    Marella
    Sadly I think most kids are getting stupider everyday instead of smarter.
  • Wolfgirl 2012/05/01 22:43:47
    No
    Wolfgirl
    yes, its a huge sick idea but there is others things like suicide that is just worse!
  • Harold Boyle 2012/05/01 03:25:26
    No
    Harold Boyle
    It's not a good idea, but crystal meth and heroin are much more addictive and therefor more likely to ruin their lives.
  • ruthannhausman 2012/04/30 12:55:27
    Yes
    ruthannhausman
    So far it seems to be right up there amongst the stupidest. What the world needs now [that was a good song] is more moral education along the lines of "getting high on life" itself, period. This business of getting high on various substances is really dumb. I don't understand the need to escape life when there is so much to see and do and so little time in which to see and do it.
  • Dydy 2012/04/30 09:50:50
    No
    Dydy
    I meant to say yes >,< cuz seriously thts messed up!!!!
  • destiny.joy3 2012/04/30 05:03:36
  • Dave 007 2012/04/29 11:55:18
    Yes
    Dave 007
    Youth is wasted on the youth.
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2012/04/29 04:16:58
    No
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    this story has been a little over blown. All it needed was a warning to parents that some children are reducing hand sanitizer to 120 proof alcohol. There was 1 teenage last year that did drink way to much of the alcohol and that 14 had minor problems after drinking it.
  • HAlex1972 2012/04/29 02:25:09
    Yes
    HAlex1972
    +1
    If we didn't have this silly war on drugs, this wouldn't happen.
  • us 2012/04/29 00:15:00
    No
    us
    It is sad kids are so bored, they need to drink hand sanitizer, just medication, That used
    to be over the counter medication now because of kids stupidity, now we are suppose to
    show I.D.,
  • EricVanSingleton 2012/04/28 23:57:05
    No
    EricVanSingleton
    Sniffing glue, huffing paint, at least this hand sanitizer trend guarantees germ-free noses. And they say today's kids are smarter, obviously not all af them.

    Dumb Kids
  • HBO 2012/04/28 18:33:49
    No
    HBO
    There are a lot of really dumb ways to get high, this is just one of them. I'm a recovering alcoholic and never did I drink hand sanitizer. If I didn't have my liquor I would go to the bar and find some guy to buy me a drink. I really hope my kids don't ever do something this stupid. And you can't really blame it all on parenting. You could be raising great kids until they meet that one or 2 kids at school that are "so cool", and next thing you know your kid is snorting something weird up their nose to fit in.
  • Bob DiN 2012/04/28 17:10:17
    Yes
    Bob DiN
    Very sick, as bad as sniffing glue.
  • Juan Iota 2012/04/28 15:40:18
    No
    Juan Iota
    +1
    SORRY, I DO NOT FEEL SORRY.

    iF THEY WOULD HAVE JUST LEFT CHILD SAFETY WINDOW LEGISLATION OUT OF AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURING, MANY OF THESE KID WOULDNT HAVE MADE IT TO THIS AGE. jUST GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT SOMETIMES IDIOCY IS, TRULY, UNSTOPPABLE.

    Well of course my heart goes out to the parents, but then you have to wonder how a kid gets raised to even consider doing something that idiotic. In all seriousness: Its very sad.
  • RobHom 2012/04/28 12:02:11
    Yes
    RobHom
    +1
    The little dervishes haven't yet discovered that you can strain Sterno through bread and drink it ......now that's a real buzz. No, I've never done that....the "S" on my t-shirt doesn't stand for "stupid"....an old hard core alcoholic told me about it.
  • Rebecca Louise 2012/04/28 05:15:51
    No
    Rebecca Louise
    +2
    its probably not the worst so far. and will NOT be the worst in the future. it'll just get worse I think
  • oros 2012/04/28 04:59:52
    Yes
    oros
    +2
    Gives a whole new meaning to having your mouth washed out with soap, Idiots!
  • TheNightFly 2012/04/28 03:36:00 (edited)
    No
    TheNightFly
    +1
    It's pretty lame but not nearly as bad as sniffing glue or paint. It's not an excuse to go passing more safety regulations, although they probably will anyway.
  • Empathic 2012/04/28 01:34:56
    No
    Empathic
    +2
    No, glue and fly sprays are probably worse and there may well be others even more ridiculous. This nonsense can largely be blamed on the stupid war on drugs that continues to deprive people of safer recreational highs at reliable doses as well as adding mistique to the whole idea. Dangerous experimentation with inferior alternative substances is only a small aspect of the harm caused by the war on drugs. The loss of many fundamental freedoms as governments continue to wage this stupid war is a more significant harm, as is the loss of respect for authority and law and the civil mayhem this is increasingly leading to.
  • Lydecho Rain (Лидия) 2012/04/27 23:26:37
    No
    Lydecho Rain (Лидия)
    +1
    It might be one of the worst "inhalants." But there are worse drugs.
  • sherie 2012/04/27 21:15:24 (edited)
    Yes
    sherie
    +1
    Terrifying. It upsets me the way the news media gloms on to stories like this and sensationalizes what was probably a fairly isolated incident. How many kids now,nationwide,would never have come up with this themselves but now have the idea?.....as for YouTube, again a way of spreading bad ideas and becoming famous for it. :( ..... I am embarrassed to admit it, but many years ago,when I was in boarding school,we tried to get drunk drinking mouthwash....to this day I cannot stand even the idea of creme de menth cocktails! Kids think they are invincible. There is even scientific proof now that part of their brain is not yet fully developed in adolescence ...this is just anecdotal proof that it's true! Intentionally drinking POISON! ???
  • Lyndzz 2012/04/27 18:10:11
    Yes
    Lyndzz
    +1
    How many? I doubt there will be many that stupid and disgusting :o
  • Jessi 2012/04/27 17:31:19
    No
    Jessi
    +1
    No, but definitely up there.
  • Walter Harris 2012/04/27 16:45:59
    Yes
    Walter Harris
    +1
    Some kids will do anything for atention so why not. Some brainy kid read the ingredients and discovered the effects of them
  • caius madison 2012/04/27 16:41:24
    Yes
    caius madison
    +1
    Not the sickest high, but it is defenitly not wise. There are other ingredients in that stuff that can cause blindness, liver and kidney failure, and all sorts of problems that can be life long. What really bothers me is that 33% at the time I'm posting this say no..... I can only hope that's because of how this is worded.
  • Jana~ una chica loca 2012/04/27 16:06:11
    Yes
    Jana~ una chica loca
    +1
    that's something not even I would do.
  • shiroidenkou1994 2012/04/27 16:00:25
    Yes
    shiroidenkou1994
    +3
    This is horrible. Hand sanitiser contains deadly toxins such as isopropanol and isopropyl myristate.
  • thetacat 2012/04/27 15:47:29
    No
    thetacat
    +2
    definitely not the sickest. Vodka-soaked tampons, anyone? :/
  • Jacob 2012/04/27 15:25:55
    No
    Jacob
    +1
    Not sure if this is yes or no that I want but this is just stupid. Worse then in my day. Just sniffing the fumes from the crazy glue lol
  • Duane Freemantle 2012/04/27 15:24:16
    No
    Duane Freemantle
    +2
    Using gasoline is the sickest 'high' idea.
  • Bob DiN Duane F... 2012/04/28 17:12:49
    Bob DiN
    Gasoline is very sick and very expensive at todays prices.
  • LukeC 2012/04/27 13:52:12 (edited)
    No
    LukeC
    +1
    Anyone who has said Yes is really out of touch with what goes on today.

    Theres always stupid kids willing to try everything because they cant get there hands on conventional drugs (which are usually safer compared to what these kids try). One of them is spraying large amounts Lynx (aerosol spray) into your mouth with a sock over it, this is probably deadly.

    Idiots have tried putting everything into every part of there body, but to be fair to them, thats probably how we found out we could use the drugs we do today, human Guinea pigs.
  • aliycat 2012/04/27 13:46:14
    No
    aliycat
    +2
    Well,it is stupid but not as stupid as The Choking Game.
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