Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Inhalant Study in India: Results Released

Via the Hindustan Times in India:

The results of a recent study by the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (“Profile of inhalant users seeking treatment at a de-addiction centre in north India”) were released.  The study was carried out by the institute’s psychiatry department and published in the May issue of the Indian Journal of Medical Research.  It was based on the records of 92 treatment seekers for inhalant addiction at the institute’s Drug De-addiction and Treatment Centre over 10 years (2002-2011).and found that the principal sources of inhalant abuse were typewriter correction fluids and the majority of subjects initiated it out of curiosity.
  • The most common inhalant used was typewriter correction fluid (73.6%), followed by typewriter diluent fluid (19.5%) and glue (6.9%). 
  •  The mean age of onset of inhalant use was 16.3 years.

Pennsylvania Man Passes Out After Huffing Keyboard Cleaner

Via Lehigh Valley Live in Pennsylvania:

A 41 year old man was arrested after police noticed him huffing computer duster in the back of a taxi cab.  He lost consciousness, was arrested and faces charges of possession and inhaling the fumes of a toxic chemical for the purposes of causing a condition of intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Arkansas Woman Found Dead in Hotel Room- Inhalant Abuse Suspected

Via KXNW in Arkansas:

The body of a 27 year old woman was found in a Fayetteville hotel room on July 13th and inhalant abuse is suspected.

The hotel cleaning crew was unable to get the resident to come to the door so they called police to perform a welfare check.  Officers entered the suite and found the woman dead in the bathtub. Multiple cans of computer duster were found in the room. The body was sent for identification and an autopsy. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Inhalant Abuse Resurfacing in Wisconsin

Via WSAW 7 in Wisconsin:

Melissa Dotter of the Alcohol and Other Drug Partnership notes that inhalant abuse is resurfacing in Marathon County, WI.  In the past month, the county has seen at least four inhalant abuse related incidents and arrests have been made.



Inhalant Abuse on the Rise in India

Via the Times of India: 

The articles notes that the Coimbatore government hospital sees at least five to 10 new cases of inhalant addiction every month and that the majority of the abusers are teens.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Guilty ruling upheld in huffing crash

Via The Chicago Tribune

A 19-year-old woman from Illinois who was found guilty of aggravated DUI for a crash that killed a 5-year-old girl in 2012 will not have the ruling reversed. The woman was inhaling keyboard duster at the wheel until she achieved the result of unconsciousness or semi-consciousness. Because she understood her actions based on previous experience, the judge will not reverse the ruling. The woman could receive up to 14 years in prison when she is sentences for aggravated DUI and reckless homicide.

New York teenager injured after huffing and driving

Via Press Republican in New York

On July 12, a teenager huffing behind the wheel was injured after he passed out and maneuvered his vehicle into a tree. A woman called the police to report two young men that she believed were abusing drugs in a 2004 Jeep Cherokee parked in Plattsburgh. As police were on their way to the scene, the car had driven away and headed to the South turnpike. A witness followed the vehicle and observed the car driving into the East shoulder of the turnpike and hit several mailboxes. The car swerved across lanes before hitting a tree on the East side. The driver, a 17-year-old male, was behind the wheel and had blacked out. He was taken to the hospital for chest injuries that he sustained in the crash. 

The second male passenger, age 16, told officers he had grabbed the steering wheel to attempt to control the vehicle. In the car, police found a compressed-gas duster can as well as a small amount of Marijuana. After being released by the hospital, the driver was arrested by police and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and illegal sale and use of toxic vapors, a misdemeanor under NY State Public Health Law. The 17-year-old driver was also ticketed for third-degree aggravated unlawful unlicensed operation, failure to keep right, failure to maintain lane, moving from lane unsafely, reckless driving, and failure to obey a traffic control device. The teen is scheduled to appear in Court at 5pm on the 17th of July.




Friday, July 11, 2014

Tennessee Man Arrested for Huffing

Via Fox17.com

A 30 year-old Tennessee man was arrested for huffing.  The man was slumped over a fence when police arrived on the scene.  He inhaled from a can of duster in front of the officers before they took the can away. The man has been arrested for inhaling fumes three times since May. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Nebraska Huffing Driver Can't Be Charged with DUI

Via WOWT.com

A Nebraska woman's life changed forever when a driver smashed head on into her car.  After four surgeries the woman's broken bones are starting to heal, but she is still a patient in a rehabilitation hospital as goes through physical therapy.

The driver of the car that hit her vehicle was under the influence after huffing from computer duster spray. Nebraska state law doesn't allow for the city prosecutor to charge the driver with a DUI.  In referring to huffing while driving and Nebraska law, the prosecutor states, "It has the same affect on the body and ability to drive as someone driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. But it’s not a drug, it's a chemical compound. Not all chemical compounds are drugs so I can't charge him for under the influence of a drug."

The woman in the accident is working to change state law so that huffing and driving offenses and accidents can be categorized as a DUI.  The driver in her accident will be sentenced in September for Willful Reckless Driving and being under the influence of an inhalant.   Combined the maximum sentence would be about five months in jail.  If huffing had been covered by the DUI law the driver could have faced felony charges for causing severe injury.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Wisconsin Woman Arrested for Huffing

Via The Tomah Journal

On July 5, a 28-year-old woman in Tomah, Wisconsin was arrested for huffing compressed gas. Police received reports that the woman was sniffing the compressed gas and arguing with another person at a local residence. When police responded, they found the woman locked in a bathroom and arguing with a man. Police attempted to coax the woman out of the bathroom unsuccessfully. When they heard the woman struggle for air, they kicked down the door. The woman was sitting of the floor and ignored orders to keep her hands in view. She was arrested on the scene and taken to the hospital to be physically cleared. After, the woman was booked for charges of abusing a hazardous substance, disorderly conduct, resisting an officer, and three counts of bail jumping.