The 23 year old driver “told deputies that she took a hit from a nitrous oxide canister while driving Monday before blacking out and crashing her vehicle.” The report also notes that she was “traveling about 45 mph to 50 mph at the time.”
She was “arraigned Wednesday on charges of first-degree manslaughter, two counts of second-degree assault and driving under the influence of inhalants.” She is being held without bail.
An interesting statement from the spokeswoman for the Sherriff’s Dept. The spokeswoman said, “incidents involving inhalants are rare in Marion County because most teens understand its risk factors.”
Do you agree with this statement? We would love to hear your feedback on this.
Some state-specific information also included in the article:
- “On April 23, 2007, Nickolas Shane Brown, 14, of South Salem died after inhaling the contents of a can of computer dust cleaner, police said.”
- “Reports of inhalant use in Marion County are slightly lower than statewide figures, said Jeff Ruscoe, a prevention specialist for the Oregon Department of Human Services Addictions and Mental Health and Division.”
- “Asked in 2005 and 2006 about past substance use in a 30-day period, 5 percent of eighth-graders reported using inhalants, and 2.5 percent of 11th-graders reported using them, according to studies.”
- “In 2007, 6.1 percent of eighth graders statewide reported using inhalants and 3.1 percent of 11th-graders reported using inhalants.”
Notice that the number of both 8th graders and 11th graders using inhalants increased from 2005/2006 to 2007.