Can you get drunk off of hand sanitizer? - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Can you get drunk off of hand sanitizer?

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Hand sanitizer plays a vital role in today's school system as schools strive to create a clean, germ-free environment for their students. 

"It's a quick fix for students to get their hands sanitized throughout the day," says Melinda Hardy, Oak Park Elementary School Principal.

But are students misusing the alcohol-based substance to get drunk?

Although hand sanitizer may keep students germ-free throughout the day, many people forget that ingredients within this germ-free packed bottle can be toxic.

"Hand sanitizer is usually made up of 60% alcohol and some other ingredients to kill germs," says Dr. David Wallace, a pediatrician at the Children's Clinic.

While many adolescents are abusing the most innocent things to get intoxicated, he feels hand sanitizer could be one of those hazards for children.

"If someone were to drink the hand sanitizer, they could become intoxicated very quickly because it's very potent," says Dr. Wallace.

But Oak Park Elementary School in Lake Charles is not letting that happen.

"Children have been taught by procedure how much to properly use hand sanitizer. The teachers are present as they use it, they are never left alone," says Hardy.

Through these procedures, Oak Park feels they will keep their students germ-free, while protecting them from the hazards of improper use.

(Copyright 2009 KPLC-TV. All rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Hundreds of racers come out for 5th Annual Dragon Boat Race

    Hundreds of racers come out for 5th Annual Dragon Boat Race

    Saturday, April 22 2017 8:55 PM EDT2017-04-23 00:55:41 GMT
    Dragon Boat Race (Source: KPLC)Dragon Boat Race (Source: KPLC)

    It's an event that is growing every year and something many look forward to--the dragon boat race.  Saturday marks the 5th year for the event that benefits Christus St. Patrick Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network.  With 30 teams comes a lot of rowers some for the first time,  "This is my first year," said Donnie Glyenn.  And others with a little bit more experience  "I've been doing it for three years," said Hollie Zimmerman.&n...

    More >>

    It's an event that is growing every year and something many look forward to--the dragon boat race.  Saturday marks the 5th year for the event that benefits Christus St. Patrick Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network.  With 30 teams comes a lot of rowers some for the first time,  "This is my first year," said Donnie Glyenn.  And others with a little bit more experience  "I've been doing it for three years," said Hollie Zimmerman.&n...

    More >>
  • Funnel clouds sighted in SWLA Saturday afternoon

    Funnel clouds sighted in SWLA Saturday afternoon

    Saturday, April 22 2017 8:36 PM EDT2017-04-23 00:36:31 GMT

    Reports of tropical funnel clouds were sent in by viewers on the afternoon of Saturday, April 22 as thunderstorms moved across parts of Southwest Louisiana.  According to the 7Stormteam, these are a common occurrence in Louisiana with thunderstorms, especially in the summer months, and rarely ever touch down. Since the rotation is relatively weak and below the level of radar, they often go undetected. If you have any severe weather to report, let us know by submittin...

    More >>

    Reports of tropical funnel clouds were sent in by viewers on the afternoon of Saturday, April 22 as thunderstorms moved across parts of Southwest Louisiana.  According to the 7Stormteam, these are a common occurrence in Louisiana with thunderstorms, especially in the summer months, and rarely ever touch down. Since the rotation is relatively weak and below the level of radar, they often go undetected. If you have any severe weather to report, let us know by submittin...

    More >>
  • New details released on Grantham homicide investigation

    New details released on Grantham homicide investigation

    Saturday, April 22 2017 1:15 PM EDT2017-04-22 17:15:20 GMT
    (Source: Facebook)(Source: Facebook)

    Authorities have released new details of the investigation into the homicide of Justin Grantham.

    The body of the 25-year-old Calcasieu Parish man was found on Friday around noon, after his alleged killer led deputies to where he left his body.

    More >>

    Authorities have released new details of the investigation into the homicide of Justin Grantham.

    The body of the 22-year-old Calcasieu Parish man was found on Friday around noon, after his alleged killer led deputies to where he left his body.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly