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WASHINGTON -- The 49-year-old Maryland inmate seemed seriously sick after he drank from a gallon container of hand sanitizer. Described as "loony," "red-eyed" and "combative," officials whisked him to a nearby hospital for treatment.
But they quickly discovered he wasn't ill -- just very, very drunk on Purell. The October incident, detailed this past week in the New England Journal of Medicine as one of the first documented cases of its kind, has raised questions about the potential abuse of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
"The widespread use of hand sanitizer is fraught with a great deal of danger," said Suzanne Doyon, medical director of the Maryland Poison Center, who co-authored a letter in the journal about the case. "From an infection control perspective, they are excellent. But there is this risk involved."
Purell, which is 70 percent alcohol, is far more potent than beer (5 percent), wine (10 percent) or hard liquor (40 percent). Doyon said the nonalcohol ingredients in hand sanitizer don't pose a health risk if ingested.
Originally posted by The Parallelogram
a society composed entirely of people smart enough not to drink that stuff really doesn't sound so bad to me
...Doyon said the nonalcohol ingredients in hand sanitizer don't pose a health risk if ingested.
Originally posted by mrwupy
They need to seriously be working on a cure for addiction.
Originally posted by jensouth31
Nothing new here, alcoholics have been drinking anything and everything for years, and years that has any amount of alcohol in it. Mouthwash, Isopropyl alcohol, perfume, you name it, and they will drink it if nothing else is available.