America, I thought we were past the toxic ingestion thing with Tide Pods. But it seems like we've got another problem now, because folks are now drinking hydrogen peroxide because of some ill-perceived "health benefits."
If you take a look on the internet and social media, there's plenty of people who claim that hydrogen peroxide, or H2O2, is good for you. Their reasoning behind that claim includes that it "only comes from water and oxygen" and "boosts oxygen levels in the body." Some even go as far as to say it can cure cancer.
Even though this has been debunked in the past, it seems that people are keen to keep on trying. The California Poison Control Center just had to put out an alert asking people to stop drinking the poison. According to CBS Sacramento, the department has been getting numerous calls from people asking if it's okay to consume hydrogen peroxide for health reasons.
Now, the stuff in your medicine cabinet is about 1-3% H2O2, and that can cause some irritation problems. There's also "food-grade" versions that are much more concentrated, at 35%. You're supposed to only use a couple of drops with a ton of water according to those that advertise its "benefits," but unfortunately that doesn't always happen. Symptoms of ingesting too much range from mild stomach pain and nausea to severe tissue damage and even death.
Don't make hydrogen peroxide the new Tide Pods, folks, and stay off of it. If you do ingest some on accident, make sure to contact Poison Control.