Inhalants Abuse

January 28, 2013


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Just recently I have been writing some pieces about suicide in this country.  Some of the statistics I found was that sixteen percent more Americans took their own lives in 2010 than in 2000.  That comes out to 12.1 suicides per 100,000 people compared to 10.4 per 100,000 before.

Information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is saying that guns are still the number one method of suicide.  Guns, Poisoning, and hanging account for 93 percent of all suicides in the US.  An interesting fact that was found is that suicide by firearms dropped almost one quarter among 15 to 24 year olds but it raised by almost the same amount those aged 45 to 59.  Some other interesting facts are that suicide rates are getting higher and faster among women than men and faster among whites than in non-whites.  Also it is noted that in terms of age the suicide rate went up 39 percent among people 45 to 59 and it dropped with people 70 and older.  More people die by suicide in the US than in car accidents and that makes suicide the leading cause of injury deaths.Sometimes suicidal thoughts might need attention from rehab.

Today I got the news that another NFL football player committed suicide right in front of his coaches.  The linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs shot his girlfriend then he drove to the tram training facility and killed himself in front of the coach and general manager.  This 25 year old did indeed go out in a blaze but not in glory.  He shot his girlfriend right there in front of her mom.  This one suicide follows a string of former NFL players who have taken their own lives.  Right now because this news is so fresh they are saying there may be risk of brain injury from repeated concussions suffered by veteran NFL players in a game that some people are saying has grown too aggressive and brutal.  I truly hope that in the short future we do not hear that this football player was not on drugs.  This behavior was very irrational.  Kansas City Mayor Sly James decried the violence as “part of the tragedy of urban living in this country.  Handguns all over the place, people blowing themselves away, and others.  At some point, we have to get a handle on this kind of stuff.  We are not doing a good job of it.”  At this time we are all confused about why he did this suicide.

If inhalant abuse has been a cause of suicidal thoughts, contact us.



January 23, 2013

Drugs all over the world

Here in the USA we have many problems with drugs and the abuse of them. But what about in other countries? Are they having similar problems? The answer to that is a resounding yes…
Just recently the government of Rwanda put into place strict measures of fighting drug abuse and illegal liquor and this is what the residents did with that. They crossed over to neighboring countries to get what drugs and alcohol they wanted and then they came back home. People who want and need drugs can be quiet smart sometimes. All of this information was given out during the meeting that was held in Muhanga district and it was chaired by Speciose Mukagahima from the Ministry of Youth and ICT. Mr. Mukagahima says, “Residents cross over to use drugs and come back because they can’t risk bringing them to Rwanda.”
There has definitely been a turn up of anti-drug and illegal alcohol measures and so the residents are being resourceful and getting what they want and need. They are crossing borders and this is reported to be happening at Rwanda-Uganda borders where there are no definite demarcations like rivers allowing residents to cross and make it back. Some forms of these drugs can include inhalants.
The most reported is Gatuna border where Ugandans set up brewery factories and confirm the biggest clientele are Rwandans. So where does all the blame for this lie? It seems it is being blamed on the fact that these residents listen to radios of neighboring countries instead of listening to Rwanda radio and follow government programs.
Well there you have it some problems with drugs across the planet. It seems like the use and abuse of drugs are existent it other areas as well as the USA. It believe it is up to each and every one of use to be responsible and don’t do drugs.

If you or someone you know has a drug abuse problem, contact us.

August 18, 2012

Drugs Trick Pleasure Center In Brain

Loved ones of alcoholics and addicts cannot comprehend why they continue to use despite consequences and even stints of sobriety.

An article by the National Institute On Drug Abuse helps explain the compulsive need to use.

“Our brains are wired to ensure that we will repeat life-sustaining activities by associating those activities with pleasure or reward. Whenever this reward circuit is activated, the brain notes that something important is happening that needs to be remembered, and teaches us to do it again and again, without thinking about it. Because drugs of abuse stimulate the same circuit, we learn to abuse drugs in the same way. Why are drugs more addictive than natural rewards?”

NIDA points out, “When some drugs of abuse are taken, they can release 2 to 10 times the amount of dopamine that natural rewards do. In some cases, this occurs almost immediately (as when drugs are smoked or injected), and the effects can last much longer than those produced by natural rewards. The resulting effects on the brain’s pleasure circuit dwarfs those produced by naturally rewarding behaviors such as eating and sex. The effect of such a powerful reward strongly motivates people to take drugs again and again.”

The addict or alcoholic is no longer able to feel any pleasure without drinking or getting high. When they are sober they feel depressed and anxious on top of the physical pain of withdrawal.

How can someone in this condition start over and live sober?

We can help. Call for more information about our drug abuse solutions. A caring, experienced drug counselor is waiting on the other end of the line to assist you towards living a better, drug-free life.

May 22, 2012

Nashville, Tennessee drug abuse

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According to Nashville, Tennessee has a population of 601,222 and a crime index of 4 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Illinois you would have a 1 in 163 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and if you lived in Nashville, Tennessee you would have a 1 in 85 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  The FBI collects information from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies and that is where they get the figures for these statements.  In the last year Nashville has had 55 murders, 370 rapes, 1,829 robberies and 4,780 assaults.  For every one thousand resident there are 64 of them that will be a victim.  Nashville has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.  According to Nashville is number 56 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in. reported on April 25, 2012 that in Nashville, Tenn. there was a measure that does require testing as a condition for receiving welfare and this measure was definitely passed in the Senate.  There are many states that are looking and presenting this kind of measure but Tennessee has passed it in the senate.  That means that this legislation requires new welfare applicants to undergo a special screening process.  During this screening if any suspicions come up then the applicant would be drug tested.  The measure was sponsored by Republican Senator Stacey Campfield of Knoxville and the vote was 24-9. One wonder where these folks will end up…let’s hope they would get help, as they would at rehabs in Louisiana.

This measure differs from an original one that would have required blanket testing.  The state’s attorney general gave concerns about that approach and that it would be unconstitutional because it would violate applicants’ rights not to be drug tested unless there is suspicion they are using drugs. The bill that did pass the senate will go to the House Finance Committee for it to be voted on there. Whether or not it does, let’s hope that attention to the drug problems in our country leads some folks to get help from one of their local Tennessee drug rehabs.

As we discussed before many states are attempting to get this kind of measure passed so that those who need help are spending their dollars on food and necessities and not drugs.  I do believe that is a fair judgment.  There are some who apply for this assistance just to get some extra dollars to buy drugs.  That is another way that drugs are harming us in our daily lives.  If you know someone who wants to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center or one of the inhalant abuse rehabs where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  Something can be done about it.

February 2, 2012

What are Inhalants?

Some of us have this question so let’s get it answered.  Inhalants are vapors from toxic substances what are inhaled to reach a quick high.  Our children may be doing this in our homes so it is best we know what these are.  We can look at 1000 households and other common products that could be abused as inhalants 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.  Wow I don’t know about you but I have most of these in my home.  The way they get high is because the chemicals are rapidly absorbed through the lungs into the bloodstream and quickly reaches the brain and other organs.  Sometimes this can cause irreversible physical and mental damage.

Users inhale the chemical vapors directly from the open containers.  They breathe the fumes from rags soaked in chemicals, this is called “huffing” Some are known to spray the substance directly into the nose or mouth.  They sometimes pour it into their collar, sleeves or cuffs and then sniff them periodically.  They may do “bagging” putting the fumes inside a bag and inhale it from time to time.  This way may increase the chances of suffocation.

The effects of inhalants are very much like those of alcohol.  The person will have slurred speech, lack of coordination, euphoria, and dizziness.  Now you know what to look for in your children.  They may get lightheadedness, hallucinations and delusions.  The more they use inhalants they feel less inhibited and less in control.  If they do certain inhalants it may cause them to be confused, nauseated and vomit.

Inhalants deprived the body of oxygen by displacing air in the lungs and this is called hypoxia.  Hypoxia can damage cells throughout the body especially the brain cells.  Someone who uses inhalants often may lose the ability to learn new things or may have a hard time carrying a simple conversation.  Long term users can get muscle spasms and tremors or even permanent difficulty with basic actions like walking, bending and talking.  While these inhalants may look good to young people if they don’t have the education of what they can do to them they will be in plenty of trouble in years to come and some of them may start to get physically impaired quicker.

Need help with inhalant abuse?  Call our hotline: 1-877-340-3602.

November 29, 2011


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Now that I am opening my eyes to what is going on around the word I thought I would find out what people are doing with drugs.

Being a teenager in the late 50’s I actually did miss the hippy generation.  I do believe I escaped the flower generation.  So I looked on the internet to find out what is out there.

A huge eye opener for me was the fact that people mostly young adults are using inhalants to get high.  That my dear friends was news to me.

First of all I had to find out where they got these from and I found that people inhale the chemical vapors directly from open containers or they breath the fumes from rags soaked in chemicals to get their high.

There are more than 1000 household and other common products that could be abused as inhalants.

The ones that are most often used are shoe polish, glue, toluene, gasoline, lighter fluid, nitrous oxide or spray pain, correction fluid, locker room deodorizers and lacquer thinner or other paint solvents.  What a surprise to this old timer.  Are people really that hard up to get high.  What is wrong with actually confronting their everyday life?  I looked some more and I found that a mother had to call 911 after she witnessed her 26 year old son inhale from an aerosol duster in her driveway then he had a seizure.  The police were called in and he was charged with intentionally abusing a hazardous substance.  You know if he is convicted he could go to prison for nine months and $10,000 fines.  That mother must have been mortified.  I kept looking and found that there is actually a rise in inhalant related deaths.  The Times-Standard in California reported that a 21 year old driver and his passenger were killed in a crash.  They found at least 18 (empty) nitrous oxide canisters and a personalized whipped-cream dispenser at the scene of the truck accident.  What makes these people think they can drive while under the influence?  I also found out that these inhalants act directly on the nervous system to produce mind-altering effects.  Within seconds the user experiences intoxication and other effects similar to those from alcohol.  For sure people who are high on inhalants get an inability to coordinate movement and they get hallucinations and delusions.  On my trek to discover what people were doing with inhalants I also found several other hard core stories of being arrested and some even causing others deaths all because the were using inhalants.  Some were arrested for stealing 42 cans of computer duster.  So this has become a very serious problem in this country.  The way I can end this story is to say I didn’t know the half of it and I will bet you there are parents out there that do not have an idea also.  We need some educating.

Inhalants are causing major problems.  If you know someone who needs help, call our long term drug rehab now at 1-877-340-3602.


October 27, 2011

How do Children Use and Abuse Inhalants?

Our children are breathing these inhalants through the nose or mouth.  They sniff or they snort fumes from a container, they place inhalant soaked rags in the mouth or they just spray the aerosol directly into their nose or mouth.  The get intoxicated from these fumes.  This “high” that they get only last a few minutes so they invent ways to keep the fumes with them for a longer period of time so they can repeat the inhaling.  What does this do to them?  It affects their coordination.  They get slurred speech and dizziness.  They have hallucinations and they are not in control because they feel less inhibited.  Some of these chemicals will make them nauseated, vomit and /or stay in a state of confusion.  Some of their cells in their body can be damaged.  Repeated use of these inhalants can cause them to lose the ability to learn and have a hard time carrying on a conversation.  There are times when a person may inhale highly concentrated amounts of the chemicals and induce heart failure and this can lead to death.  Some of the side effects can be irreversible like damage to their hearing, central nervous system, brain damage or bone marrow damage.

As you can see these can be very dangerous and the fact that our children know about this long before we do is very alarming to most parents.  So the best way to handle this is to get educated.  Find out what your children know about these things.  Find out if their friends are doing this sort of thing.  Find out if the schools have a program to educate them as to what inhalants are.  Drug abuse is getting to be more and more of a problem in this country.  The only way we can make a difference is to be in the know about what is really going on.  Let’s not keep our blinders on and pretend that this onslaught is not happening in our neighborhood.

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October 13, 2011

Inhalants: Let’s get the facts

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As a parent you should know the definition of Inhalant.  The one that really applies here to this situation.  Inhalants -  It is a volatile substance that has chemical vapors that can be inhaled and produce mind altering effects.  Did you know that your children may be using the Inhalants?  There are many products in your home that contain substances that can be inhaled to get “high”.  Some of these are spray paints, glues and cleaning fluids.  As parents we do not think of these as drugs because that is not what we bought them for.  It seems our younger generation has learned the intoxicating effects of these substances and so they look for them in our cabinets.  Let’s get some more information here.

Products that are considered to be Inhalants:

Paint thinners or paint removers, dry cleaning fluids, lighter fluids or gasoline are some of the solvents in the homes that would be considered as inhalants.  In our office we have correction fluids, felt tip marker fluid or glue.  Have any aerosol sprays around?  Hair or deodorant spray, computer cleaning products or vegetable oil sprays.

Gases for butane lighters and propane tanks or refrigerant gases.  Nitrates, like video head cleaner, room odorizer, leather cleaner or liquid aroma.  And we thought our kids just wanted to smell better.

It is a surprise to this parent what can be considered an inhalant.

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September 18, 2011

Are Inhalants Legal?

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.

Some states have introduced fines, incarceration or mandatory treatment for the sale, distribution, use and/or possession of inhalant chemicals.

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.  Education is the key.

Laws also exist in some US state prohibiting the recreational inhalation of nitrous oxide.  You know the stuff Dentist use to help you relax when you go for a visit.

Some communities in Western Australia and South Australia have passed local laws making petrol sniffing an offense.  In some of these countries police are allowed to search a person who is believed to be in possession of an inhalant and take it away.

In England and Wales, it is illegal for retailers to sell volatile substances to anyone under the age of 18 if there is any reason to believe they will use it for inhalation and intoxification uses.

So the answer is NO, they are not legal.  I was born in 1947 and I can say what is happening to our world?  When getting creative on how to get high is so important to our population?

Call 1-877-340-3602 for help getting a loved one off inhalants or for information about inhalant rehabs in Louisiana and other states.


September 11, 2011

How do Inhalants Affect the Body?

If you are a user of Inhalants or if you suspect your child is a user of the Inhalers then you need to know what the affects are to the body.

Inhalant use can cause damage to the heart, Kidneys, brain, liver, bone marrow and other organs.  What you say!  It doesn’t just make them stupid?  No Much more.

Inhalants starve the body of oxygen and force the heart to beat irregularly and more rapidly.  So if your teenager complains “my heart is rushing” investigate his life ask a few questions.  They maybe tell you their friends are doing it, and that is a clue.

Inhalants users can get nauseated and they can have nosebleeds and their sense of hearing is lost to a degree or maybe they can’t smell so good.  So if your teenager acts like he doesn’t hear you.  It may not be selective hearing it may be he is inhaling.  Investigate his life.  Just ask a few loving questions.  We don’t need to make them wrong just want to know what is going on in their lives.

Users of inhalants sometimes use them for a long time so it can lead to muscle wasting and reduced muscle tone.  The poisonous chemicals gradually damage the lungs and the immune system.  So if your child is more sick than usual investigate their lives.  Ask loving questions about how they are doing and what they are doing in their lives.  An education is your first step to helping your children.

The facts about inhalants are that you can’t afford to wait if you know there is a problem.  Call our hotline now at 1-877-340-3602.


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