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- Inhalants don’t show up in drug tests.
- 2.6 million teenagers are using inhalants in US
- Anytime one uses this stuff, it can be fatal from Sudden Sniffing Syndrome
- 20% of youth use – Utah’s numbers are high
- There level of perception of risk is low; increasing adolescents’ perception of risk is key to reducing inhalant abuse.
- In Utah, inhalants are #4 of drugs used after tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana.
- Over 1,000 products have been documented as having been used.
(helium from balloons does not seem that bad, but people can suffer burst emboli in lungs)
- Don’t give children scented markers; it creates a behavior (sniffing the markers)
- The majority of inhalants are used 30 minutes before school and 30 minutes after school. Must use is usually on school grounds.
- Toulene (methylbenzene – a solvent) brain damage is Not reversible.
- If you come upon a person huffing (inhaling a chemical) DON”T startle
the person; it can cause an immediate cardiac arrest when the person is startled and has an adrenaline surge.
- In the UK, 25% of inhalant deaths are due to sudden sniffing deaths on the first use.
- Adding inhalant prevention messages in with other drugs causes an increase in inhalant use. We need different messages for different age groups.
- Inhalants are Pollutants, Poisons, and Toxins
- Include inhalant information in science curriculum under poisons, pollutants, fire hazards
- Develop inhalant legislation to limit the sales of these products to minors (the best way is to work with retailers directly)
- Encourage use of solvent-free and non-aerosol products
DANGER! Toxic Chemicals by Hazelton (don’t show to under 6th graders)
6 – 11 years old:
- body’s need for oxygen
- poisons (talk about their effects)
- products (how to use them properly and for the right purpose)
- use proper ventilation when you (adult) use chemicals and talk about this to kids
- read labels together
- discuss purpose of household chemicals
12-18 years old:
- ask what they know about inhalants (don’t tell WHICH products are used for inhalants or how to use them)
- be clear of the dangers
- reinforce resistance skills
- tie inhalants to poisons and environmental toxins
- tell about sudden sniffing death and harms to body organs