Alerts – Recent Trends

The Georgia Poison Center wants to help keep you up-to-date on the latest trends.
We work with the AAPCC to track poisonings and their sources, including household products, food and beverages, chemicals in the workplace and home, environmental toxins, drugs and medicine, and animal and insect bites and stings.

Hand Sanitizer
Ingesting ethanol-based hand sanitizer can cause alcohol poisoning, sending children to the emergency room. The concern for poisoning relates to the ethyl alcohol, also called ethanol. It is the same alcohol found in beer, wine and other liquors, as well as perfumes, after shave lotions and mouthwash but at a much higher concentration. The concentration of alcohol in hand sanitizers varies from 45% to 95%, with the most commonly used in the range of 60-70%.

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