Troy L. Wheeler
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Some products that you have lying around the house, stored in the closet, or in school classrooms could potentially . . .
Some products that you have lying around the house, stored in the closet, or in school classrooms could potentially be used in ways that they are not intended and have deadly consequences. Products like glue, paint, lighter fluid, deadorants, and permanent markers are not legally classified as drugs, however, they can be used as deadly chemicals and poisons.
According to the a National Institute on Drug Abuse report, nearly 23 million Americans have abused inhalants at least once in their life, and 17% of eighth-graders report abusing inhalants. There's no fooling around when it comes to inhalents. A first-time user can suffer severe brain damage, respitory problems, or even death. In the short term, inhalant abuse can make you sick, forgetful, and unable to see clearly. Long-term consequences include permanent brain damage, hearing loss, liver and kidney damage, increased heart rate, and arm or leg spasms. There is a potential for "Sudden Sniffing Death" for those who use inhalants, even first-time users.
Signs of inhalant abuse include:
National Inhalant Prevention Coalition -- www.inhalants.org
National Institute on Drug Abuse -- http://www.nida.nih.gov/ResearchReports/Inhalants/Inhalants.html
This information was adapted from the National Crime Prevention Council brochure, Sniffing Your Life Away (PDF) which can be found in the Giving Youth a Voice kit. You can order the teen kit at www.mcgruffstore.org.