Today, marks the second day of National Inhalants and Prevention Awareness Week! This annual event presents organizations, school administrators and parents with a unique opportunity to educate communities about inhalants. Throughout the week, we will feature insight from a panel of experts who are increasing awareness around this silent habit. This year is particularly noteworthy as recent studies suggest a reversal in previously declining drug trends.
According a study conducted by the Partnership for a Drug Free America:
· One in ten teens surveyed had misused inhalants within the past year.
· Teen attitudes about inhalant use have also changed. 66 percent of students, compared to 70 percent last year, believe inhalant use can result in death.
According the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, 12-year olds are more likely to use inhalants than any other drugs except alcohol. Currently, more 12-year olds use inhalants than marijuana, cocaine, and hallucinogens (i.e. ecstasy) combined.
If you believe your child or loved one is misusing inhalants, use the SAMHSA service provider locator to find help in your area. Also visit http://www.inhalant.org/ to find more resources about inhalant abuse, detection, and effects.