drug addiction

Do you know what huffing is? Do you know about inhalants? Even if you don't, you can be fairly sure your children do......

and to keep your children safe, you need to know too.

huffing Abuse of inhalants, known as huffing, is on the rise among younger children due in part to the availability of things around the home which can be used.

Chemicals used for huffing can be solvents such as toluene containing products (glues for example), lighter fluid, gasoline, paint thinner, fingernail polish remover, felt tip markers and some cleaners.

Aerosols of spray paint, deodorant, hair spray, vegetable cooking spray. Gases such as butane, nitrous oxide, (used in whipped cream cans), propane or helium. Other chemicals known as nitrites are in such things as video head cleaners.

Symptoms of abuse:

  • Pupils may be normal or dilated.
  • Pulse, Blood pressure and Body temperature may be elevated, depending on the substance inhaled.
  • Irregular heartbeat.
  • Chemical odor on breath or clothing.
  • Confusion.
  • Headaches.
  • Shortness of breath/asthma symptoms.
  • Tremors.
  • Vomiting.
  • Sores or rash round nose and mouth.
  • Stains on face or fingers.
  • Odor of chemical/chemical soaked rags.
  • Large numbers of aerosol cans.

Special Dangers.

  • Liver or kidney failure.
  • Heart failure.
  • Brain damage

Huffing is still a hidden epidemic. Many parents have no idea that their children are huffing or using things such as computer duster to get a high. We all need to spread the word so that no more young people die from what they thought was 'fun". Please share these facts with your children.

You can die at the first attempt at huffing.
You can die from lack of oxygen, especially if a plastic bag is used to contain the intoxicant.
You may also throw up and inhale the your own vomit and choke.
Things like gasoline or paint thinners are flammable and can cause flash burns or fires.

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