Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Regarding Inhalant Abuse:
"Among 8th graders, 28 percent have tried an illicit drug — if inhalants are included — and 49 percent of 12th graders have done so."
An interesting point within Tom Rademacher's column:
"And I'll never forget the excruciating pain of a mother as she stood vigil over her teenage boy, comatose and fighting for his life after trying to solve his problems by huffing inhalants."
Friday, May 22, 2009
A 37-year old man “with a long history of arrests for being under the influence of inhalants was picked up again Friday.”
Responding to a call for trespassing, police found the man in a “highly intoxicated” state with gold paint covering his face.
He was arrested “under Public Health Law for inhalant abuse.”
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The results of the 2008 Ulster County PRIDE survey were recently announced. The survey is a 132-question survey that is distributed to a total of about 10,000 students.
Regarding inhalant abuse: “Rates for youth that have tried inhalants are at 10 percent, with 3 to 4 percent using them in the last 30 days.”
The post discusses the Duke University study that “investigated the relationship between inhalant use among adolescents and the concurrent likelihood of injection drug use.
The study’s findings show:
· Adolescents who used marijuana and inhalants were 2.9 times more likely to have injected drugs than teens who just used marijuana
· Adolescents who had used inhalants but not marijuana were not more likely to have used heroin
· Inhalant users, regardless of their past use of marijuana, were more likely to report injection drug use than other teens
Court records for a related case revealed that a 39 year old police officer had been stopped twice for using inhalants while driving. The incidents occurred in Flat Rock and Wyandotte.
On November 14, 2007 he was found asleep at the wheel and the officer discovered he had been huffing a can of computer dusting spray. Then eleven days later he “ran over his mailbox and his neighbor’s fence while under the influence of inhalants.”
Monday, May 18, 2009
A 45-year old woman was found dead in her car on March 23rd. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office has just released the cause of death as “accidental” due to “intentional inhalation of volatile gases.”
The report noted that “multiple cans of compressed gases” were found in the car.
Friday, May 15, 2009
On Tuesday, Police responded to a hotel to investigate the death of a “36-year-old woman who allegedly spent the night sniffing the contents of an aerosol can.” She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police had received a report of a possible drug overdose “regarding someone who was “unconscious and not breathing.” They soon found the woman in wet clothes on the bathroom floor. A witness told police the woman had been “huffing aerosols” all night. She was wet because the witness had thrown her in the shower in an attempt to revive her.
On the premises police found a can of computer duster “as well as other aerosol cans scattrered throughout the motel room and in the trash.”
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Narconon International recently released a new brochure detailing their drug prevention efforts across the globe. You can find a copy of that here.
Interestingly, the press release provides an example of a project in Honduras where they “provided special training to the staff of a shelter and school for homeless children, many of whom were addicted to inhalants.”
The president of Narconon headquarters in California remarked, "Like street children the world over, these kids sniff glue which damages their brains, stunts their growth, and makes learning new things a real challenge for them."
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Embedded in the article, there is an extremely powerful video from the family of a 15 year-old boy who died from huffing gasoline.
The boy passed away six months ago and his family is now speaking out against inhalant abuse. His mom noted that he had denied abusing inhalants but that she could smell the gasoline on him. When he finally admitted to it, they took him to counseling. Two weeks later he spent the night at his grandmother’s house but never woke up.
“The death certificate and autopsy results both list his cause of death as "probable inhalation of gasoline." His mom says, “he was a part of me, and when he died, a part of me died.” She had the chance to speak with some of his friends after her son had died and they admitted after he died “they had been doing it about three months.”
The Substance Abuse Preventive Services in Charlotte notes that “Seven minutes of inhaling does as much damage to your liver as seven years of drinking.”
A 35 year old man is accused of kidnapping a six year-old girl. The girl’s grandfather and little brother were able to rescue her and the man is now in jail “with a one million dollar bond.”
WTVC researched the man past and in speaking with two of his relatives, each called huffing addiction the source of his troubled past. He admitted he started huffing at age 15 and by “age 18 he had been on one week binges and experienced psychosis. His life has been spiraling since.”
The man had been living in his car for about two years and it was parked outside an ACE Hardware when he attempted to abduct the young girl.
The police report notes he had been in jail “about 15 times in the last 15 years. Six of those arrests were for huffing, five of them were for public intoxication.
A former San Bernardino County Assessor is being investigated for inhalant abuse.
The report notes he “was so strung out on drugs that his assistant said he "looked like he fell off a park bench." When his apartment was searched, they found “canisters of DVD cleaner.” He admitted to having a drug problem and said he was being treated.”
A woman is “facing felony child abuse charges for huffing computer cleaner near her three young children.”
Wal-Mart employees saw her huffing inside her car. After she pointed the can at her young child’s face, they took her keys and called 911.
Six empty cans of duster were found in her car and “if convicted, she faces 15 years in prison.”
A 27 year-old man was found passed out on a toilet in Wal-Mart store. The police report stated that he had been “huffing from aerosol cans.”
The officer who responded stated, “As the guy was inhaling it, his eyes rolled back in his head and he kind of passed out.” He was ticketed for abusing toxic vapors and taken to jail.
Police also noted that the man “has a legal order keeping him from entering the store because of his history of huffing from cans he had taken from store shelves.” It was the third time in a month he was caught huffing at that location and “in one case he caused an accident in the parking lot while high on the vapors."
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
"Statistics reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that the average age for first use of seven dangerous drugs or illicit substances is under 21 years.
Average age of first use of inhalants such as spray paint and products for cleaning computers is 15.7 years, followed by the hallucinogen PCP at 16.3 years and marijuana at 17.4 years. Average ages for first use of LSD, cocaine, Ecstasy and heroin all fell between 19.4 years and 20.7 years."
"If you've ever thought about inhaling an aerosol can for the high you can get, DON'T.
For the past 3 weeks I've been dealing with an individual exclusively at work who was doing so. In three weeks I have literally watched his intelligence been cut in half, his speech is now slurred, and tonight he got sent to jail and is already facing two felonies and countless misdemeanors. Even heroin users I have had to deal with seem much better off than him."
A 28 year old man was arrested and charged with “the unlawful use of aromatic hydrocarbon, and huffing refrigerant” after tampering with air conditioning units.
His roommate had reported him missing but police located him when responding to a call about a “a suspicious man with a screwdriver and plastic bag tampering with their AC units.”
The police report notes that he “admitted to officers to huffing refrigerant from AC units and that he was addicted to refrigerant.”
Saturday, May 9, 2009
From the Jackson County Chronicle in Wisconsin:
Last week a 32 year old man was charged with “two counts of intentionally abusing a hazardous substance.” In both cases he had been found huffing computer dusters in his car.
The first case took place on Feb 11th in a McDonald’s parking lot. The report notes he had “asked a passerby to close the trunk of his car, but the trunk was not open.” The passerby then asked a McDonald’s employee to check on the man, When the employee saw him huffing the computer dusting spray he called police.
The man told police he had been cleaning his CD player but police saw it “still had dust around it.” The man soon admitted he had inhaled the entire can in “two or three hours to get high.”
The second incident took place on March 18th when he stepped out of his car and urinated on the front yard of a private residence. Police responded and found the man in his vehicle. He admitted to “huffing about one and a half cans of dust remover.”
He was taken to the hospital where he stated “he was not trying to hurt himself.”
Thursday, May 7, 2009
From NewzJunky.com in Watertown, NY:
Earlier this week, a 48 year-old man was charged with possession of noxious material.
Police noted that the material “had been soaked into a pair of socks in a bread bag” and the man was huffing from the bag. The report also noted that the fumes were “strong enough to annoy a woman in a neighboring apartment.”
From St. Augustine Record in Florida:
Last Thursday police encountered a ”despondent” man huffing cyanide at 11:30 pm in a beachside parking lot. The man “told deputies he had crystallized sodium cyanide” (a highly toxic compound that can be fatal if enough is inhaled.)
As first responders evaluated the man, two deputies “started showing symptoms of chemical poisoning, such as vomiting, shortness of breath, burning eyes and headaches” and they and their vehicles had to be decontaminated.
Police noted that “in 22 years in law enforcement this was the first he'd heard of someone using cyanide on themselves.”
Friday, May 1, 2009
Earlier this week, a 29 year old woman was arrested on suspicion of huffing carburetor cleaner behind an AutoZone store.
According to the police report the woman “bought the can about noon and went outside to the back of the building.” Employees had alerted the police because she “had bought the same thing a few weeks earlier and passed out behind the building.”
She was found “with the can at her mouth and a strong smell of fumes in the air.” She was arrested and charged with unlawful use of aromatic hydrocarbons.