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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Amarillo TX School System: Kids Inhaling Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers

Courtesy of Amarillo Globe News
 (click on title link for original source)

I guess if someone needed a high bad enough, they could get one off toothpaste. Who knows? What makes anyone even think about something like this?

But here's a memo that was sent from the Amarillo ISD last week to its schools:

"Please share this with appropriate staff at your school.

"One of our schools reported that students are inhaling hand sanitizer to get high. After researching and calling the Texas Panhandle Poison Control Center, here is what we understand about this trend.

"The brand they are huffing is Germ-X. Germ-X is 62% alcohol. The alcohol makes the lining of the nose tingle and may make them dizzy. There is no known connection between inhaling hand sanitizer and truly getting high. The dangers are in other areas of concern:

"1. Germ-X contains phenol. While phenol does not create a high, it can lead to respiratory arrest and possible death. Huffing (inhaling) phenol is a bad idea.

"2. Several blogs cited inhaling Germ-X as the user's gateway to drinking alcohol. There have been cases where teens and others drink hand sanitizer for the alcohol. This is likened to the alcoholic that resorts to rubbing alcohol when that is the only thing that is available.

"3. The tendency to inhale Germ-X is most likely an indicator that the youth may be experimenting with other inhalants. According to our data, inhalant experimentatin is most likely to occur between 4th and 8th grade. Some youth will try it and never try anything else. Others will become addicted like gasoline, paint, etc. and contine using for many years.

"If you have Germ-X in your classrooms, keep an eye out for misuse. Also, if you have a child who inhales Germ-X or any other inhalant, get them fresh air and consider contacting the parents so they can safeguard their child once he or she leaves the school."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pennsylvania High School Fire: Teens Ignite Alcohol Hand Sanitizer Dispenser

2 Teens charged in press box, Royalton arson fires 

by Debra Schell and Jim Lewis Press And Journal Staff : 9/22/2010

Two Middletown boys, ages 12 and 13, set a fire that destroyed the concession stand and press box at Middletown Area High School’s baseball field, using a lighter to ignite hand sanitizer as it dripped from a dispenser on the wall, Lower Swatara Twp. police said.

click on title link for full story

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizers Not Just For Hands!

Here's an interesting testimonial forwarded to us...and referencing one of the more popular alcohol-free hand sanitizer products--suggesting that its not only useful when applying to the hands!

From: mmaser []
Sent: Monday, September 20, 2010 7:29 PM

You may recall I contacted you two weeks ago to inquire about using 'Soapopular' alcohol-free hand sanitizer to address a jock-itch (fungal) infection that was plaguing me, and I said I'd let you know how it turned out. If you're sitting down, I'll break the news to you:

Using just under 1/2 bottle of 'Soapopular' (100 ml [3 oz] size; $3.00 retail cost), the product was instrumental in resolving my infection; That's right, I applied it 2-3 times per day for 3-5 days, then once per day for another 4-5 days, and voilĂ , the infection has completely cleared. 

That means your product did something that none of the other 20 or so products that I tried in the past 3.5 months did. These products included "All-Stop Healing Gel" [available through  which, as we discussed, is comprised of almost the same ingredients as 'Soapopular' (and costs a lot more).  Now, as I was mentioning to you, I was trying All-Stop when I contacted you but I wasn't happy with it. Despite it's 'guarantee' (the only product I tried that offered a guarantee btw), it left a residue that hardened and then became very flaky and prickly. This added to my discomfort and I would not recommended AS HG because of this. Your product did NOT leave such a residue, it went on easily, dried quickly and, overall, I would definitely recommend it to others suffering from this god-awful affliction. 

[What led me to Soapopular you ask? Intrigued by the “All-Stop” guarantee (what was backed by many testimonials) but unsatisfied with the results of using the product, I checked the ingredients, saw the main ingredient - Benzalkonium Chloride - is pretty common in hand disinfectants, headed to the drug store to check these out, then saw that the ingredient listing of Soapopular is very similar -- most similar, in fact, to any of about 5 others that were available and that I checked. I thought $3 was worthwhile investment, considering I'd already spent hundreds of dollars, headed home, did a big test patch on my arm, then called you the next day. ] 

I think that's pretty remarkable and I hope you will bring this story to others, including researchers for a few reasons: 

i. The product was effective in a short period of time!

ii. Conventional, over-the-counter remedies for this, including the often-available Tinactin, Cruex, Micatin, Lamisil, Clotrimazole, Sporanox were ineffective for me. I tried all of these - creams and oral prescriptions, and none of them resolved the infection. I think there are a couple of reasons for this: the creams continue to moisturize and that just is not the way to go in trying to resolve this; then there is the issue of organism resistance to these pharmaceutical products. In the many scientific research papers I scanned about this condition (I have a science background) I kept reading about how resistance by to the Tinea organisms to these conventional pharmaceutical products (all mentioned above) is increasing, worldwide, and that researchers are now seeking broad-spectrum anti-microbials to improve the efficacy in overcoming such infections. 

iii. Males, in particular, need some better (more effective) products to choose from than the few ineffective products that I found stocked on almost all the drug store shelves I checked. 

Obviously, you will need a greater population of test-rabbits than just me! The only thing I would add is that I experienced no injurious or discomforting side effects in 10 days of using Soapopular, something I sure can't say about almost every product I tried. 

I have provided my initial comments to you about Soapopular unsolicited and without any understanding or expectation of reward. 
Given my experiences in attempting to address and overcome this infection (I wouldn't wish what I just went through on my worst enemy), 
I think you may have something that will help ease the discomfort of this for other people and I'm pleased to contribute to those efforts in some way. 

FYI - here is some more biographical info on me:   I am a 52-year old male, married, professional, fit, with good overall health (so I thought!). I believe I acquired this infection - a pretty resistant organism IMO - through one yoga class I attended at a local recreation center late last spring. 

Sincerely, Michael M.
Gibsons BC Canada

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Alcohol-Hand-Sanitizer 'Abusers' Looking For Quick High

Courtesy of CBC News (click on link for source story)

People with substance abuse problems are turning to hand sanitizer in order to feed their addiction.
"Everybody always prefers to be buying real alcohol over this but if we got nothing else then we'll drink it," a Regina woman named Lorretta explained.
CBC News agreed not to use the last names of people who agreed to talk about consuming hand sanitizer.
"It bothers me," Loretta said about choosing that type of alcohol. "But I gotta get my fix somehow."
A spokeswoman for Regina police told CBC News that officers were encountering intoxicated people in Regina's downtown area "about one or two times a week."
Elizabeth Popowich said that in some cases the people were found with hand sanitizing liquids on them. In other cases they explained to officers that they had just consumed the liquid.
"It is becoming an epidemic," Loretta suggested. "You see the bottles all over the street everywhere you go."

Mixed with water

Loretta's boyfriend, Dallas, told CBC News that it is relatively easy to find the alcohol in public buildings or stores.
He said he mixes the liquid with water, and will consume an entire bottle to achieve a high.
"The whole bottle," he said. "I drink lots."
Dallas added the addiction takes it toll on everyone connected to the substance abuser.
"I don't like it," he said. "It just doesn't drag me down. It drags everybody else down with it."
Shawn Fraser, executive director of the downtown Carmichael Outreach Centre, says he has had to take hand cleaner away from people coming to the centre.
"People who are faced with the disease of alcoholism will find a way to drink," Fraser noted. "Hand sanitizer... seems to be what's going on now. But if not, people still find a way."
Popowich noted alcohol-based hand sanitizer is not a controlled substance and it would be difficult to prevent people from obtaining the product, as it is readily available.

Monday, September 13, 2010

University of Virginia: Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Don't Work..

Courtesy of  news outlet "Daily Progress"...

A team of researchers at the University of Virginia found that alcohol-based hand sanitizers fail to significantly reduce the frequency of infection from rhinovirus or influenza.

"An alcohol hand disinfectant with enhanced antiviral activity failed to significantly reduce the frequency of infection with either rhinovirus or influenza," wrote the authors of the study presented Sunday at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) here.

The results came as a surprise to research team leader Dr. Ronald Turner, whose study was sponsored by the Dial Corp. which makes various care and cleaning products, including alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

[Maybe this is because alcohol is notorious for stripping away protective skin cells, and in turn, increasing the risk of exposure to pathogens? duh...]

click on title link for the full news story courtesy of "The Daily Progress"

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Canadian Town Getting Drunk From Alcohol Hand Sanitizers

Courtesy of CBC on title link for the full story..
By QMI Agency
Last Updated: September 11, 2010 2:10pm

Police in Regina say they are finding people intoxicated from drinking hand sanitizing liquids which contain alcohol.

CBC News said the problem has cropped up in Regina's downtown and may be connected to accessible sources of sanitizer, such as in shopping centres and the public areas of local hospitals.

A spokeswoman for police told CBC News that officers believe people have stolen large containers of alcohol-based sanitizers to drink the contents.