DRCNet Response to the
Drug Enforcement Administration
Get It Straight!
DRCNet Response: For all those who wish a good background on the issues related to inhalants, we recommend the following sources:
From the Consumers Union Report on Licit and Illicit Drugs:
Chapter 44 is particularly interesting because it shows how the glue-sniffing
craze started. It was the result of a campaign just like this one -- against glue
sniffing. It seems that kids had never much thought about glue sniffing until
anti-drug hysteria convinced kids that glue sniffing could be fun. The DEA has
learned nothing from our own history.
Inhalant abuse is really serious. When you sniff stuff like markers. nail polish remover
spray paints, propane, rubber cement, glue, and nitrous oxide (Whippets), the junk that's
in these products starves your body and your brain of the oxygen they need. Sniffing or
"huffing," two ways inhalants are abused, make your heart beat inconsistently
and too fast. You can die from sniffing inhalants too.
STREET NAMES: Glue, Bolt, Bullet, Locker Room, Rush, Whippets, and Texas Shoe Shine.
THE LOOK: The scary thing about inhalant abuse is that the products people inhale to get high are things that you have at home or things that you can buy. We've all seen them, and we know what they look like. These products are made and bought for specific reasons, and the directions on the back of the cans, containers, or bottles give us warnings Like: "Use in a well ventilated place. Do not inhale because the fumes can be dangerous to your health."
INHALANTS ARE PRODUCED: in factories.
INHALANT USE: Inhalants are sniffed or "huffed."
|INHALANTS ARE LEGAL: The products that are
used as inhalants are legal, but people who use them to get high run the risk of really
hurting or even killing themselves.
INHALANTS, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EFFECTS...
|[STUDENT NOTE] In a sense, inhalants are just as dangerous as LSD or heroin because using them can kill you. I know it may be hard to say no to your friends; I know it may be hard to say no to the quick high you may get; I know it may be hard to see that you actions today could really hurt you tomorrow. But, JUST DO IT!|
|After a lot of reading, Antonio uncovered the following
article in a teen magazine. It is an opinion editorial, an article written by a sister of
someone who died from inhalant abuse. The Prevention Posses thought it would be
interesting to read about a real situation involving inhalant abuse, so, here it is!
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