Inhalants Abuse

May 16, 2012

Kansas City, Missouri drug abuse

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According to neighborhoodscout.com Kansas City, Missouri has a population of 459,787 and a crime index of 3 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Missouri you would have a 1 in 219 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and if you lived in Kansas City, Missouri you would have a 1 in 83 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  The FBI collects information from 17,000 local law enforcements agencies and that is where they get the figures for these statements.  In the last year Kansas City has had 102 murders, 234 rapes, 1,625 robberies and 3,544 assaults.  For every one thousand resident there are 71 of them that will be a victim.  Kansas City has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.  Kansas City is number 54 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in.

April 28, 2012 kctv.com reported that the Kansas City Police Department was out and about being very active.  They actually set up a sobriety check point.  In this checkpoint they stopped nearly 500 drivers from 11 pm Friday till 4am Saturday.  They were located near 40th and Main Street in Westport.  This seems to be a very fruitful activity because of the 498 vehicles stopped; police arrested 13 people for Driving under the Influence.  Two people were cited for driving with a suspended license and seven citations were issued for other traffic violations.  Hats off to the Kansas City Police Department.  Alcohol is one of the drugs that cause many problems in our lives.

On a very good note kansascity.com reported that about 100 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs were collected Saturday by Raytown Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.  This was all part of a “take back drive” that happened all over the country this past weekend.  It looks like Kansas City did their share and collected the expired or otherwise unwanted drugs so they could prevent their potential theft or dumping into public water systems. This is a great initiative — let’s also hope that anyone hooked on these substances gets help from one of the Kansas City drug rehabs.

Drugs, drugs, drugs are all over this nation.  They can be very harmful to all of us in many ways.  You may not see the effect it has on your everyday because you don’t use and abuse.  But if you look at the way your taxes are spent you find out that there a many dollars going to the drug war on drugs.  The law enforcement in your town will be very busy at all times fighting this war.  It may be that when you need one of them they will be too busy with other drug related incidents.  That is one way they can affect your everyday.  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.

May 13, 2012

Philadelphia, PA Drug Abuse Info

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Philadelphia, PA has a population of 1,526,006 and a crime index of 9 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Pennsylvania you would have a 1 in 273 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and if you lived in Philadelphia, PA you would have a 1 in 82 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  The FBI collects information from 17,000 local law enforcements agencies and that is where they get the figures for these statements.  Last year Philadelphia had 307 murders, 945 rapes, 8,363 robberies and 8,929 assaults.  For every one thousand resident there are 50 of them that will be a victim.  Philadelphia has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.  According to neighborhoodscout.com Philadelphia is number 52 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in.

NBCPhiladelphia.com reported just five days ago that a 70 year old man was accused of smuggling drugs into the Chester County Prison.  The way he tried this was to hide it under labels and postage stamps on envelopes.  Prison officials located four envelopes which contained postage stamps and either return address labels stating “Proud Supporter Paralyzed Veterans of America”

According to Tom Hogan, Chester County District Attorney, this 70 year old did this on four different times.  Hogan said, “Under each postage stamp and label, correctional officers located an orange strip, which prison medical personnel determined was Suboxone, a controlled substance.  Detectives reviewed phone conversations between the 70 year old and his girlfriend in prison and the pair discussed how to obtain, transport and deliver Suboxone into the prison.  If these two criminals spent as much time and creativity on doing something useful as they did on sneaking drugs into a prison, they might be gainfully employed.  Instead, both are looking at felony convictions.” It sounds like some of these prisoners need help from one of the Philadelphia drug rehabs as well as to serve time.

These two are being charged with conspiracy, delivering contraband to a prison inmate, drug delivery and other related charges.

This is a very interesting story and I do agree with Hogan.  That took some creativity on the part of these two.  Drugs are very harmful to many parts of our lives.  Even when some are in prison they continue to do drugs.  That tells me that an addiction is very strong and drives a person to do many irrational things.  I suppose one of things we need to know is that we are all responsible personally for our own lives and if we all took the stand to not do drugs this world would be very different.  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.

May 10, 2012

Inhalants Drug Abuse

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I own a beauty supply shop outside of Knoxville, TN.  My long-time customer, “Janet”, came to me asking for my help with her daughter “Tabitha.”  Janet wanted me to offer her an after-school job to help her with being more responsible.  The child, an eleventh-grader, had suddenly taken a turn for the worse in life.  Janet said she was hanging out with the wrong crowd, her grades were falling, teachers were sending home notes and Tabitha seemed depressed and withdrawn from the family.  With both of my daughters in college, Janet had always looked up to my parenting skills and thought of me as a good influence.  In truth, I did need some help in the store so I agreed to let Tabitha work with me.

At first, everything seemed fine.  She was good at stocking and doing what I asked her to do.  She would break down the boxes for recycling.  But I noticed that she would usually disappear when a customer came in. Tabitha was not friendly to people.  But I have to say I was quite shocked when another of my long-time customers leaned over the counter and whispered to me, “Your new stock-girl is on drugs.”  I asked her how she could tell, but the customer just said “I just know, that’s all” and left with her purchase.

After this revelation, I started noticing more of Tabitha’s behaviors and worrying about her.   Mainly, I noticed her going into the bathroom with the display can of hairspray.  I was glad to think that she was trying to fix herself up a bit and do something with her hairstyle, but then I noticed no changes in her appearance when she came out.  She would cough a few times and go back outside to cut up boxes.

Having seen a girl talk about “huffing” on a morning show, I thought that that might be what Tabitha was doing in the restroom with the hairspray.  I decided to look it up to see if I could get some facts.  Being from the hippie era, the only drugs I knew about were marijuana and LSD.  So, this was quite an eye-opener!  I found on the health website www.tree.com that “warning signs of inhalant use include:  apparent drunkenness,  chemical odors from breath or clothing or child’s room, clothes soaked with chemicals, hidden empty spray paint or solvent containers, hidden rags soaked with chemicals, irritability, social withdrawal and depression, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting,  paint stains on the hands or face or clothes, red or runny nose and sores and rashes around the mouth and nose.” I had a friend who had told me a bit about her experience at one of the rehabs in Louisiana, but that was “hard” drugs like heroin. This was a shock to me.

After reading this article, I became very frightened.  The consequences of inhalant abuse are terrifying!  According to www.tree.com, the person can experience sudden death!  They call it sudden sniffing death and explain it as such:  “huffing or sniffing inhalants for long periods slowly fills the lungs with the inhalants and prevents the inhalant user from getting sufficient oxygen in the lungs. This results in the sudden onset of heart irregularities, which quickly worsen into heart failure.  Death from sudden sniffing death occurs within minutes. The condition is not confined to chronic inhalant users. People trying huffing or inhalant use for the first time are just as susceptible to sudden sniffing death as are long-term abusers.” If only I’d known before, I would have insisted that her mother get her help at one of the inhalant abuse rehabs.

Unfortunately, the only option I have is to fire Tabitha and tell her mother my reasons.  Having her at the store is too much of a liability and I am just enabling her with free hairspray.  I am glad I tried to help by giving her an opportunity to have a job, but this is too much! I hope that she gets some help in one of the local Tennessee drug rehabs.

May 7, 2012

Other Drugs of Abuse

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Let’s list some information about many drugs of abuse.

One might be Ecstasy commonly called X, E, XTC in the streets.  It is a pill that is often taken at partied and clubs.  People who take it call it the “love pill” the reason they do that is because it makes them feel very friendly and touchy.  Another thing it does is raise body temperature, heat rate, and blood pressure.  Some people report feeling sad for days after its effects wear off.  National Survey on Drug Use and Health stated that in 2009, 2.8 million Americans age 12 and older had abused Ecstasy at least once in the year.  This included 8th, 10th and 12th graders.

Another drug that is on the streets is K2 or Spice which is fake marijuana or skunk.  This drug is made from shredded dried plant materials and chemicals.  A person who smokes it gets a high about the same as marijuana.  Users of this drug end up in the emergency room with rapid heartbeat, vomiting and other side effects.  It is very illegal even though you can find it at many convenient stores.

LSD is called acid and I really thought you could’nt find much of that but I am wrong.  It comes in a pill or on small pieces of paper that has been soaked in liquid LSD.  So if you want to see, hear, and feel things that aren’t there then just take LSD.  The colors you see are bright and pretty or you may see things that scare you.  National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports in 2009, 779,000 Americans age 12 and older had abused LSD at least once in the year.  These include high school students.  Our youngsters are really doing something besides studying.

PCP is called angel dust and it comes in pill or powder and it is eaten, smoked, or snorted up the nose.  When people take it they feel far away from the world around them.  They may feel angry and violent, not happy, and dreamy.  In 2009, 122,000 Americans age 12 and older had abused PCP at least once in a year.

Inhalants very dangerous chemicals.  Can’t figure out why anyone would want to do this drug because even though they can make you feel high when you breathe them it is very harmful to your body in quick ways.  It is called Huffing or sniffing.  High school children will find it household cleaners, spray cans, glue and permanent markers.  When they use these chemicals they can pass out, their heart can stop and your breathing can stop and kill you.  In 2009, 2.1 million Americans age 12 and older had abused inhalants.  That my friend is a very scary statistic.  Our young people are looking for a high and finding it in our cabinets. Whether you’re on the east or west coast, in New Mexico or New York, if you know a kid hooked on this stuff you need to get him or her into one of the Ohio drug rehabs or one wherever you are.

All of this information is scary to me.  Drug abuse is rampant and when someone is addicted they have a hard time asking for help and sometimes they don’t even think they need help.  These drugs can destroy our families and harm these young adults future.  If you know anyone who needs help to get off drug get them to an inpatient treatment center or inhalant abuse rehab where they ca n get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.

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.

December 14, 2011

Inhalants

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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.

 

November 29, 2011

Inhalants

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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.

 

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