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The Latest Drug of Choice for a Few Bright Teens? Hand Sanitizer (No, Seriously)

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Whatever happened to good old glue sniffing?

Remember back in the old days when kids sniffed glue to get high? Or raided the spice cabinet to take a swig of the little brown bottle of vanilla extract to catch a buzz (at least the latter is what some of my seventh grade classmates did).

Times have changed, clearly, as the substance of choice among some of the young and dumb these days is apparently hand sanitizer. As in, that goo that allegedly kills 99.99 percent of all the bad (and some of the good) stuff on your hands. Those crazy kids are now chugging hand sanitizer to catch a buzz, says Jezebel (via the Los Angeles Times). Apparently they’re learning how to make a hand sanitizer moonshine via instructions on the big bad world wide web.

Something about the high alcohol content in goo like Purell makes it that much more attractive to those on a mission to kill off the brain cells that inhaling things like nitrous oxide have missed.

Perhaps not surprisingly, hand sanitizer — that stuff that kills the stuff on the outside — achieves the same goal on the inside. But, of course, your innards don’t really appreciate being killed off by hand sanitizer. Which would explain why six teens in California have wound up in the ER after drinking it.

As such, some doctors are recommending parents now buy foam sanitizer instead of the gel kind.

And to the kids who are drinking Purell? Talk to you non-Purell drinking buddies about these things called fake IDs. They make getting a buzz a little less painful sounding. Yes, they’re not new, but some things never go out of style.

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