Thursday, May 13, 2010

Update: Huffing Death Leaves A Town In Mourning

From News14 (May 5):

The North Carolina high school whose senior student died three weeks ago remembered the young man last week. A hang-mast flag somberly reminded that life is fleeting and drug use can shorten it in an instant.

Last month we reported the 17-year old died the car he was in went out of control. The teenage driver had huffed duster prior to getting behind the wheel. Police suspect the resulting impairment was the sole reason the vehicle crashed.

Health professionals used the opportunity to admonish parents and students about inhalant abuse. "If you're a parent or schoolteacher, watch for markings on the hand of young students," a substance abuse professional said "Are there markings around the mouth? Do they look like they're slurring their speech?" These warning signs are difference between life and death as some users die from Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome.

As the community mourns, charges are still pending for the 18-year old driver.

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