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Dangerous trend increasing among kids

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Several young people have been trying to get high by drinking hand sanitizer.

It's a deadly trend that is growing across the country. The number of cases reported to poison control centers is exploding.

From 2010 to 2014 those centers have seen an increase of nearly 400 percent for cases related to children younger than 12.

It's estimated an 8 ounce bottle of sanitizer contains about the same amount of alcohol as five shots of hard liquor.

"That's crazy they would even think of that, to come up with that idea," said Sandy Laundra, parent.

Parents like Laundra said they're on the alert about it too.

"My daughter went into the doctor's office and they asked if she had ever heard of it," Laundra said.

It's making the rounds on social media with kids experimenting with the stuff. Videos of the experiments are posted to YouTube and have healthcare professionals concerned.

"A little bit does tend to stack up quite quickly," said Jennifer Jarvis, clinical pharmacy specialist at St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw.

She said the trend is particularly dangerous because of the high amount of alcohol found in hand sanitizer, meaning you get the effects quicker and stronger.

The consequences could be deadly.

"I think especially in teens who are usually on the smaller side. Age and weight have a huge effect on how this alcohol is going to impact them," Jarvis said.

Laundra said she's thankful it's not an issue she had with her kids. She said it could serve as a wake-up call to other parents.

"Keep an eye on your kids and you'll be doing the right thing," Laundra said.

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