I agree in principal with the comments made by letter writer Ann Milliken (Lack Of Soap In Public Washrooms A Disgrace, The Daily News, Oct. 16), in regards to the fact that hand-washing is a matter of public health.
What is overlooked in her argument, however, is that hand sanitizer has an extremely high alcohol content and is being stolen and consumed by young adults, marginalized
addicts and prison inmates.
Ethyl or isopropyl alcohol drunk alone or mixed with another easy to purchase household liquid becomes a sani-cocktail that is reported to be the new, cheaper vodka for teens and the easy high for the alcoholic homeless.
It is well known in Kamloops that liquid hand sanitizer has been stolen from public bathrooms by breaking the receptacle from the walls.
The solution to hand- washing, therefore, is not merely economic or an oversight on the part of the city or province.
My family and I carry our own small sanitizer with us where ever we go. Perhaps we need to look into the soap flake receptacles used in the past and take more personal responsibility for our hygiene.