The list of everyday items some teens are using to get high is growing.
First misusing cough syrup, then huffing household items like paint thinner and hair spray, now young people are getting curious with hand sanitizer.
The disinfectant consists of more than 60 percent ethyl alcohol and is becoming popular among teens because it's inexpensive and easily accessible in today's germ-conscious society.
Some people are turning to the web for instructional videos on how to distill the alcohol in hand sanitizer up to 120 proof.
"If kids don't realize how concentrated this is and take a large quantity of this, take a few shots, certainly kids can die from this," Dr. Chris Holstege of UVA Health System warned.
Recently, six teenagers in southern California ended up in emergency rooms with alcohol poisoning after drinking hand sanitizer. Calls to poison control for ingestion of the product are also on the rise.
Toxicology expert Dr. Cyrus Rangan said he has patients coming into the emergency department with symptoms like slurred speech, lack of balance, and changes in their mental state. These are all common side effects from drinking hand sanitizer.
Doctors recommend parents of teens take precautionary measures like monitoring bottles of liquid hand sanitizer around the home or buying the foam version.