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LOS ANGELES—Six teenagers have shown up in two Los Angeles emergency rooms in the last few months with alcohol poisoning after drinking hand sanitizer, worrying public health officials who say the cases could signal a dangerous trend.
Some of the teenagers used salt to separate the alcohol from the sanitizer, making a potent drink that is similar to a shot of hard liquor.
“All it takes is just a few swallows and you have a drunk teenager,” said Cyrus Rangan, director of the toxicology bureau for Los Angeles County’s public health department and a medical toxicology consultant for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “There is no question that it is dangerous.”
Originally posted by BomSquad
When I was younger, I knew people who would "go to robopulous" which was the act of drinking robotusin cough syrup in an attempt to get drunk.
I do not drink alcohol, myself, but I have nothing against it. Heck, I was once a bartender.
I really do think they need to lower the drinking age. Sure, alcohol related crimes and injuries would increase in the short run, but as the novelty wears off, so will the incidents.
I also believe in the legalization and regulation of controlled substances as a way to reduce crime and protect people from unscrupulous dealers and their associates. Drug use would increase in the short term, but the crime rate would drop considerably in the long term.
Just my 2 cents.
Originally posted by the_philth
Nothing like Purell Chaser after a hit of Bananadine!
Are we really an experimental species or are we just that damn stupid!
Sheesh! Kids seem to always come up with a new buzz!
Originally posted by abe froman
reply to post by BomSquad
Drinking cough syrup doesn't get you "drunk" per se. The chemical ingredient Dextramathorphin Hydrobromide "shuts off" the cough center in your brain in small doses, in large doses (an entire 4-8oz. bottle) the effects are akin to a psychedelic drug. People are always coming up with new ways to scramble their brains. but heck even cats like catnip.