Here in America, Poison Control centers have observed a nearly FOUR-FOLD INCREASE in calls involving minors somehow ingesting alcohol-based hand sanitizing products as a way to get a buzz. US Poison Control Sees 4-Fold Increase In Cases Of Teens Drinking Hand Sanitizer, But It May Be Worse In Sweden
Over in Sweden (I’m Danish, so they’re my peeps…and I drive a Volvo) police have asked pharmacies to take alcohol-based hand sanitizers off of store shelves and make it unavailable to anyone under 20 behind the counter. Sweden limits hand sanitizer sales because of alcohol-craving teens
This is a similar tactic that prevents people here in the U.S. from making amphetamines from ingredients contained in products like Sudafed®.
This action in Sweden stemmed from too many teens having to go to Emergency Rooms in Sweden due to alcohol poisoning due to ingesting hand sanitizers containing alcohol. In my last blog, I mentioned that there should be a law banning the sale of that type of sanitizer for anyone under 21 in the U.S. Obviously, this is a worldwide issue. Alcohol poisoning by drinking hand sanitizers with alcohol as the active ingredient is becoming chronic.
Will it take the death of a lawmaker’s child to get a law like this passed? That’s usually how public safety legislation happens; after it’s too late. I have seen that happen all too often.
Let’s face it; young people will find any way possible to get wasted. And if it’s legally sold over the counter in drug stores and even Dollar-type stores across America, you know this won’t end this type of abuse. Write an email, snail-mail or better yet, call your local state legislators to get them aware of this issue before it’s too late.
And, get acquainted with alternatives to sanitizers that have the potential to kill or cause serious harm. The safe ones exist with ingredients that have been proven save. Once again, I recommend products like safe-Hands® that have never contained alcohol since the formulation was put together by Dr. Jay Reubens.
I first learned of Dr. Jay when he was on a TV show in NYC where I was the sidekick/announcer for All Night with Joey Reynolds on WNBC DT 4.2. Click Now to see the segment.