Inhalants a Deadly Danger to Adolescents

Inhalants are household items that can be inhaled to achieve euphoria, or a feeling of being “high.” This practice is becoming increasingly popular among adolescents; in fact, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found that more 12-year-olds have used inhalants to get high than marijuana, cocaine and hallucinogens combined.

People can use aerosol computer cleaners, glue, hair spray, gasoline, and paint thinner as inhalants, which can lead to addiction or sudden death from cardiac arrest.

Looking at data from 2006-2008, the researchers found that almost 7 percent of 12-year-old reported using inhalants, compared to 1.4 who said they’ve used marijuana, 0.7 percent who used hallucinogens, and 0.1 percent who used cocaine. Five percent admitted to abusing prescription medication.

Gil Kerlikowske, director of national drug control policy, said that efforts must be doubled to inform adolescents of the dangers of using inhalants. Parents also need to be more vigilant in protecting their children from using these products to get high. Inhalants are legal, cheap, and give the user an intense—and dangerous—high.

Source: Health Day, Inhalant Abuse a Deadly Middle-School Concern, March 11, 2010


Posted on March 10th, 2010
Posted in Abused Drugs

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