From The Picket (March 9):
Some people may think inhalant abuse is a victimless habit however this harrowing account will make the issue deeply personal. The writer tells of three classmates who lost their lives much earlier than any parent would ever dare plan. From the unoccupied seat in class to pondering of why and how, the writer intimates the three stories of loss. The latter account details the untimely passing of the writer's best friend who died from Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome, a chemical-induce cardiac arrest, at age 21.
As we celebrate NIPAW, this is a sad reminder that more needs to be done. According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network Medical Examiner, there were 500 inhalant-related deaths between 1996-1999.