Q. My 12-year
old nephew almost died using cooking spray as an inhalant.
He is going to be o.k. but our whole family is shocked. What
substances can be abused? What should I say to my kids?
thank goodness your nephew will recover. Inhalants are among
the most dangerous of the illicit drugs. Sudden sniffing death
syndrome which brings on cardiac arrest, can occur the first
time inhalants are used or at any time after that.
products such as the cooking spray your nephew used, nail
polish remover, whipped cream, glue, hair spray - all these
and more can be abused. Younger children can be drawn to them
as an easy - and available - high. In 2001, the Monitoring
the Future Survey reported that 9.1 percent of 8th graders
have used inhalants at least once in the past year.
This week (March
17-23, 2002) is National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week.
For more information about inhalants, check the links below:
Inhalants Prevention Coalition
Notes - Facts About Inhalant Abuse
Parent's Guide to Preventing Inhalant Abuse
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