PUBLIC TRUST RESTORATION WITH ALCHOL-FREE QUATERNARY AMMONIUM COMPOUNDS
Hundreds more individuals are being harmed by alcohol-based hand sanitizers (news report).
Intentional substance abuse is occurring worldwide causing injury and death (medical journal report).
Recommended levels of alcohol increasing to as much as 95% (website); that is the equivalent of nearly pure alcohol disguised as hand sanitizer.
With hand sanitizer availability everywhere you turn in public spaces, a question that arises is, “Would businesses and institutions be legally responsible for providing free access to alcohol when alcohol is a controlled substance?”
Is there a solution to this growing societal problem on a global scale?
FDA APPROVED ACTIVE INGREDIENTS IN HAND SANITIZER
In 2019, the FDA declared three active ingredients in hand sanitizer and simultaneously issued a warning for manufacturers of anti-bacterial products and those that use deceptive marketing practices including scents.
The three active ingredients are ethanol alcohol (same form of alcohol in adult beverages), isopropyl alcohol (also known as rubbing alcohol used in glass cleaner, anti-freeze), and the only alcohol-free choice benzalkonium chloride that is classified as an organic salt (can be synthesized).
If society is now grappling with an inexpensive source of alcohol that is offered freely in public places and institutions, the choice to provide it is a conscious decision.
RESEARCH DATA POINTS TO ALCOHOL-FREE SOLUTIONS FOR CHILD AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Research analyzed by the National Poison Data System (NPDS) from 2011–14 on exposures to alcohol and non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers in children who were 12 years-old or younger indicates that 92% of exposures were from alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
A total of 70,669 hand sanitizer exposures in this age group were reported to NPDS
65,293 (92%) were alcohol-based exposures
5,376 (8%) were non-alcohol-based exposures