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More British Columbians Are Ingesting Hand Sanitizer Amid Pandemic


The B.C. poison hotline has been getting more calls than usual, during the pandemic, as British Columbians are accidentally ingesting hand sanitizer.

According to the Drug & Poison Information Centre (DPIC), the hotline has gotten about seven calls per week in April. That’s compared to the average of less than two a week in January and February.

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All those April incidents involved children under five years old. While calls about adults being exposed rose from about one per week to 3.5 a week.

Although ingesting large amounts of hand sanitizer can result in alcohol poisoning, no one has yet been seriously injured.

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