On February 2 @ 12:30pm the food boxes will be handed out at the Community Center.
MATI Construction Announcement
Ski Apache Job Fair: Jan. 18th
Tribal Court Holiday Closure: Jan. 13th & 16th
Hunter Education Classes hosted by the Conservation Department
The Conservation Department will be hosting three New Hunter Education Classes. Contact Conservation Officers R. Peralta or J. Mendez at 575-464-9323 for more information. Students can sign up at: https://onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us/
Other upcoming dates are:
- February 4/5, 2023
- February 11/12, 2023.
Drinking hand sanitizer to get drunk: Dangers and Effects
Federal health agencies warn against drinking hand sanitizer as a way to get drunk. Drinking hand sanitizer can be dangerous and may be a sign of alcohol abuse or addiction.
People who abuse alcohol may drink a variety of alcohol-based substances if they are unable to access traditional alcoholic beverages or have become addicted to alcohol.
This can include:
- hand sanitizer
In August of 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report highlighting the serious adverse effects that can come from ingesting alcohol-based hand sanitizer, including alcohol poisoning and death.
Is There Alcohol in Hand Sanitizer?
Hand sanitizers can contain many ingredients, including certain types of alcohol. According to the CDC, alcohol-based hand sanitizers can contain anywhere between 60 to 95 percent alcohol, depending on where it’s bought and the manufacturer.
Types of alcohol that can be found in hand sanitizers include:
ethanol (ethyl alcohol)
isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol)
methanol (methyl alcohol)
Store-bought hand sanitizers generally contain about 60 percent alcohol. Healthcare settings may stock hand sanitizer products that contain a higher percentage of alcohol content, ranging between 60 to 95 percent.
Hand sanitizer products containing methyl alcohol are illegal. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), methanol is not an acceptable ingredient in hand sanitizers, mostly due to its high toxicity.
During the summer of 2020, federal health officials began issuing warnings that illegal forms of hand sanitizer containing methanol were being sold across the United States. Health departments soon reported cases of methanol poisoning related to the consumption of alcohol.
Why Do People Drink Hand Sanitizer?
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of hand sanitizer has been strongly encouraged to prevent individuals and families from spreading or contracting the coronavirus.
Health agencies have reminded individuals, however, that alcohol-based hand sanitizers “should never be ingested” due to serious and potentially fatal side effects.
Reasons why someone may drink hand sanitizer include:
- High alcohol content
- Less expensive than alcoholic beverages
- Easier to purchase
- Social pressures/experimentation
- Alcohol addiction
According to the CDC, children are one of the greatest concerns when it comes to drinking hand sanitizer, as they may drink it by accident. In addition, adults with an alcohol use disorder (alcohol addiction) may also drink hand sanitizer in lieu of alcohol.
Dangers Of Drinking Hand Sanitizer
Drinking hand sanitizer can be very dangerous, especially if the sanitizer contains methanol. The dangers of drinking hand sanitizers containing any type of alcohol, however, have been established for decades.
Dangers of hand sanitizer ingestion can include:
- Alcohol poisoning
- Anion-gap metabolic acidosis
- Visual impairment
- Permanent vision loss (blindness)
In May and June of 2020, 15 people were hospitalized in Arizona and New Mexico for methanol poisoning after ingesting hand sanitizer products, according to state health departments. Four of these individuals died.
The New Mexico Department of Health confirmed that seven of their reported cases, which resulted in three deaths, were related to alcohol addiction.
In 2012, six teenagers were also reported dead in California after drinking hand sanitizer that contained alcohol, according to local health officials. This brought national attention to the issue.
Can You Become Addicted to Alcohol from Drinking Hand Sanitizer?
The short answer is: Yes. Drinking heavy amounts of alcohol on a regular basis carries a risk of alcohol dependence and addiction, no matter where the alcohol is found.
Drinking hand sanitizer poses a serious risk for addiction in part because store-bought varieties can be up to 120-proof. The higher the alcohol content, the greater the risk for dependence, addiction, and other dangers associated with heavy drinking.
What To Do If You’ve Been Drinking Hand Sanitizer
If you or someone you know has ingested hand sanitizer, seek medical attention right away. Even if only a small amount has been consumed, it’s important to get checked out by a healthcare professional who can assess you for health concerns.
Drinking hand sanitizer may cause the following side effects:
- Blurred vision
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach pain
- Decreased coordination
You can seek help for alcohol poisoning by calling your local poison control center, calling 9-1-1, or contacting your nearest emergency health department.
Contact Four Directions Treatment & Recovery Center to Begin the road to recovery
Phone (575) 464-4432
Fax (575) 464-4331
107 Sunset Loop – P.O. Box 228
Mescalero, NM 88340
Mescalero CHR helps us understand what human trafficking is
Starting the new year: VAWP update
The new year is an opportunity to set new goals, try something new, and create change for a brighter future. The Violence Against Women Program is committed to working with our community to prevent domestic violence, strengthen our advocacy work, and to provide culturally centered services that help our clients access traditional healing and reconnect with their Mescalero Apache traditions.
The program is excited to start the new year by offering Positive Indian Parenting classes which will begin on January 10, 2023; contact Marina Rice for more information. Additionally, the monthly empowerment events will continue; the next event, “New Year, New You” is scheduled for January 20, 2023 from 10 am to 2pm.
These monthly events offer a space to be inspired, participate in personal development workshops, and enjoy a Mescalero Apache cultural presentation.
The program is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for the community to heal, learn, and grow in a positive and enriching environment. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please call 911 in an emergency or contact our office for help.
Health and happiness to you and yours in the new year ahead!
LeClaire Gayton, Edith Morgan, Gwen Bell, Marina Rice & Starlyn Bigrope
Mescalero Violence Against Women Program
451 Warbonnet Dr.
Mescalero, NM 88340
(An Advocate is On-Call 24/7)
2 hour delay: Jan. 4th
The Tribal Offices will be on a 2 hour delay, January 4, 2023. Business will start at 10AM. Thank you.
Tribal Store Holiday Closure: Jan. 1st
The Tribal Store will close early on December 31, 2022 at 2PM due to inventory. Normal business hours will resume on January 2, 2023 at 7AM.
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