Monday, March 31, 2008

Resources

AtHealth.com features 'A Parent's Guide to Preventing Inhalant Abuse', a brief but informative page that answers many questions that parents face about inhalants.

There is a Gateway Drug Forum being held in Liberty, Kansas on Thursday that will touch on various drug-related issues, inhalants included. It's good that some schools are taking inhalants as seriously as they do marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol.

In the TeensHealth section of the website KidsHealth is a fact sheet devoted to inhalants that is a good resource for teens and parents alike. The information is easy-to-read and has colorful starred sections on the right side that explains things like 'dusting' as well as what to do if you find someone using inhalants. The layout and explanations make this a good page to email your teenager to ensure that they actually read it instead of just scanning a few lines.

Similarly, the inhalant page of GirlPower.gov is aimed at a younger crowd and describes inhalant use in a more conversational manner. One of the warnings about the effects of inhalants on the nose and ears:
Sniffing inhalants can make you lose your sense of smell. Can you imagine never smelling freshly baked chocolate cookies again? I sure can't. Sniffing inhalants can also make your nose bleed. Yuck! Sniffing inhalants over a long period of time can also cause you to lose your hearing. People lose their hearing because the cells that send messages to the brain about hearing get destroyed by chemicals in some inhalants. I like myself too much to make my nose bleed and to damage my hearing; how about you?

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