Inhalants Abuse

December 14, 2011


Filed under: Media Reports — admin @ 10:33 pm

The Controlled Substance Act does not regulate inhalants.  However, 38 states in the US have placed restrictions on the sale and distribution to minors of certain products that are commonly abused as inhalants.  Some of the products used are shoe polish, glue, Toluene a colorless liquid used as a solvent and a fuel.  You will also find gasoline, lighter fluid, nitrous oxide, or “whippets,” spray paint, correction fluid, cleaning fluids, locker room deodorizers and lacquer thinner or other paint solvents.

As a parent did you know that children were doing this kind of thing?  As a parent I did not know any of this information.  I had no idea our children or anyone for that matter was getting into inhalants and getting high.  This must have been going on for a long time now for these laws to be put in place.  Where have I been for not know this.

The Alliance for Consumer Education had reported just this week that a 15 year old boy died after a night inhaling dust cleaner, smoking marijuana and drinking bourbon along with prescription drugs.  He and another friend had parties that night beginning at 5pm in his friend’s backyard.  His friend went inside his house by 10P thinking he would walk home.  The next morning he found him still in his backyard not breathing and non responsive.

In the last week in November a 13 year old boy was found unresponsive, lying next to an air conditioning unit in his neighbor’s yard.  The father called the police and they said that it looked like the boy was inhaling refrigerant before his death.  When they spoke to the father he said that his son learned how to inhale refrigerant from a friend and that friend got it from a video on the internet.

In Missouri a church was broken into by a 41 year old man who had vented the church’s propane tank and inhaled the outgoing propane.  The man was reported to have been intoxicated the night before and when the police got to the church they found him dead.

The Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration is reporting that inhalant abuse is now a multi generational problem.  It use to be thought of as a life threaten risk for children but now 54 percent of treatment admissions having to do with inhalant abuse is involving adults age 18 and over.

With this research I know that there is a huge problem with these inhalants.  Why would they do this?  Is it because they cannot afford other drugs and this is more accessible.  As a parent I would like to know what drives these children and now adults to do this behavior.  Some would say this is the behavior of an addict.  Educating the public is one way to start this downward spiral going in another direction.  What do you do if you know someone that is doing this?  By all means take action because these inhalants are deadly sometimes.  If you or someone you love needs help from an inhalant abuse rehab, call us now at 1-877-340-3602.


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