More then 40 people died because of bootleg alcohol poisoning - Turkey

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What we know:
• A sharp rise in taxes on alcoholic drinks has prompted Turks to turn to counterfeit beverages or brew their own in unsanitary conditions
• More than 40 people have died from alcohol poising in last week
• The interior ministry said at the weekend that police suspected some victims of using alcohol-based cleaners to make their drinks
• The first death occurred on Friday in the western province of Izmir
• The number of people who lost their lives on suspicion of methyl alcohol poisoning in Istanbul, Izmir, Mersin, Aydın, Muğla, Kırıkkale and Trabzon since 9 October rose to 43

 

Police and government actions
• Police said they had detained 58 people over the last four days for producing and selling bootleg alcohol
• Police forces have launched raids in many locations, including warehouses, detaining at least a dozen suspects in connection with bootleg alcohol producing and selling, banned by law.
• 6 tons of ethyl alcohol and materials used in the production of fake drinks were seized in operation carried out in a workshop in Istanbul Avcılar
• Almost 2 tons of illegal alcohol seized in the Istanbul Arnavutköy
• 618 litres of fake drink and 1360 litres of ethyl alcohol were found during operations in an Işıklı District
• Two people were detained in operations where 449 litres of fake drink and 60 litres of ethyl alcohol were seized in Malatya and Alany

Last update: 15/10/2020 22:00

  • 50 people died in 6 days in Istanbul, Izmir, Mersin, Aydın, Muğla, Kırıkkale, Trabzon and Zonguldak due to fake alcohol drinks
  • 47 persons are in severe condition, and they are in the hospital, fighting for a life
  • As part of the investigation, 63 people were arrested 
SAFETY TIPS – Alcohol Poisoning
Alcohol poisoning is a severe and life-threatening effect of drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Drinking large amounts of alcohol can rapidly affect one’s heart rate, breathing, body temperature, and gag reflex. These can lead to coma and even death. 
 
Signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning
• Irregular or slow breathing
• Slow heart rate
• Vomiting
• Severely slurred speech
• Dulled responses such as no gag reflex
• Loss of co-ordination
• Difficulty remaining conscious
• Passing out and being unconscious
In the most severe cases, alcohol poisoning can lead to coma, brain damage and death.
 
What to do in case of alcohol poisoning
• Stay calm and make sure that the patient remains conscious and responsive.
• Keep the patient warm.
• Let the patient lie on the side (recovery position) and not on the back.
• Keep monitoring the patient’s breathing, pulse, and level of responsiveness.
• Call 911 for emergency response.
• Do not give food, drink, or any medicine.
• If the patient loses consciousness or responsiveness, try to open the airway and check for breathing.
 
Good to know
The level of alcohol in a person's blood can continue to rise for up to 30 to 40 minutes after their last drink.
You should not try to "sober them up" by giving them coffee or putting them under a cold shower. These methods will not help and may even be dangerous. 
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