Q. A young
boy in our town recently died from inhalant use. I was shocked
but my kids were not surprised. I vaguely remember being
cautioned not to "sniff" glue as a kid. What's new?
A. Inhalant use has declined in the past few years but
levels of use still remain significantly higher than they
were a decade ago. The easy availability of the abused substances
makes these drugs appealing to younger children (more 8th
graders report having used inhalants than 12th graders).
be breathed in through the nose or the mouth in a variety
of ways, such as:
or "snorting fumes from containers;
- Spraying aerosols
directly into the nose or mouth;
- sniffing or inhaling fumes from substances sprayed
or deposited inside a plastic or paper bag;
from an inhalant-soaked rag stuffed in the mouth; and
- Inhaling from
balloons filled with nitrous oxide.
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