Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Man Rams Trailer, Aims At Police

From The Independent Record:

A Montana man confessed to driving under the influence after he nearly struck two people with his vehicle. The combination of prescription drugs and household cleaners pushed the man's blood alcohol content to 0.12. His intoxication was implicated in an earlier crash that day when he fled the scene of a separate accident. Police responded to the crash and later apprehended the man. The 46-year old is not a rookie offender as this is his 7th DUI charge.

Have your say: How many DUI offense disqualify one from driving?

Man Blames Kidnapping On Inhalant Abuse

From The Chattanoogan (June 28):

A 6-year old girl was in for the ride of her life until her grandfather saved the day. A 36-year old man offered her cookies in exchange for coming with him and it was soon clear he had sinister plans. The 'self-proclaimed pedophile' was caught watching children at a local for three straight days.

Prior to the incident the man, who had recently lost his job and apartment, was living out of his car. Thankfully, his getaway vehicle and new home could not provide protection from his lawlessness.

According to his mother, the man's behavior resulted from his longstanding abuse of gasoline. He reportedly huffed 2-3 gallons a day in the period leading up to the kidnapping. Start at age 15, he began huffing gasoline to avoid the pain of a break up. However, the habit took him down a road that led to several arrests.

He spent less than a year in jail, but this time he will be in for a long stretch. The Tennessee man will serve concurrent 15 and 25 year sentences after he decided not to contest the charges.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Utah Curbing Inhalant Abuse

From The Herald Journal (June 27):

Utah has something to cheer about after a recent survey showed steady declines in inhalant abuse. The Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) survey, a semi-annual assessment of youth drug use, captures information from sixth thru 12th grade students. The newest data indicates inhalant abuse declined by nearly 50% since 2007.

The encouraging trend was seen among 6th graders. The 2005 data showed 3.2 percent of sixth-graders repoted using inhalants. "In 2007 and 2009, that number at 2 percent. In 2009, the state reported 1.9 percent."

Duster Huffers Arrested After Inhalant Abuse Crash

From The Canton Daily Ledger (June 18)

Last week, Police in Ohio responded to a routine traffic crash call. They quickly realized inebriation was implicated in the accident involving a 16 and 18-year old. Neither survivor passed the field sobriety tests and officers found two cans of computer duster in the vehicle.

The F-150 pick up truck veered off the road near a local golf course where it came a rest. Police did not report any injuries but those involved were charged for abusing an intoxicating compound. As the duster was stolen, they will appear in court regarding charges related to this additional offense.

New Jersey School Ponders Random Drug Testing

From Suburban News (June 24):

A New Jersey high school will soon vote on whether to uphold a random drug testing policy among its student body. Following a survey, school officials believed testing would help deter drug use and identify at-risk students. The policy would require students participating in an extracurricular activity to agree to random drug testing potential candidate.

Early indications suggest the controversial policy will remain in place. "The Board is in support of it, I can tell you that." the board president shared. However, everyone is not on board as others voiced concern about the random testing, saying their should be other options. "The Board should consider letting parents have the privilege to opt out."

The survey that commenced the firestorm recorded drug use among students in grades 9, 10, and 11. Out of 324 students 197 returned the survey yielding the following information:
  • More than half of 9th and 10th graders said they had never used drugs.
  • Alcohol, followed by cigarettes, was most commonly used.
  • 26% of 11th graders admitted to moderate drug use.
  • Five 9th graders indicated they had used inhalants.
Have your say: Should schools be allowed to conduct random drug tests?

Inhalant Abuse: Is Your Child Above The Influence?

From HealthCanal.com (June 23):

Officials at the Oklahoma Poison Control Center are responding to a worrying trend among teens. They are seeing rises in the use of non-traditional drugs. Termed a 'silent epidemic', the Center is giving parents more tools to reduce their chance of losing a child to inhalant abuse.

Equipping parents with knowledge about effects and signs of inhalant abuse plays a major role in curbing teen drug use. The poison control authority recommended the following tips to help your teen stay clean. View our complete list of warning signs so you can recognize the problem before it is too late.
  • Talk to your kids about inhalant abuse.
  • Correction fluid, nail polish remover, and gasoline are commonly abused.
  • Inhalant abuse can kill. 22% of inhalant abuse deaths are attributed to Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome, a chemically induced cardiac arrest, one study found.
  • Be suspicious. If you are replacing household products, such as computer duster, inquire about where it is going.
Don't let inhalant abuse take your breath away. Visit www.inhalant.org to find more information about the dangers associated with the household high that may be as close as your kitchen sink.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Maine Man Not So Cool After Inhalant Arrest

From The Bangor Daily News:

Maine police pulled over a man who was driving erratically and found the intoxication came from an unexpected source. Around midnight, the man was found in possession of a bag containing wet spray paint. He attempted to hide the paraphernalia but his efforts were in vain as he showed evidence of abuse on his body.

The man's face and hands were covered with white or silver spray paint. While the quality abused is unclear, officers quickly ascertained the 48-year old was intoxicated. He passed a breathalyzer test but failed to prove he was not a hazard to motorists.

A Waldo County judge will determine how dangerous he is when the accused appears in court next month. However this is not his first inhalant abuse-related charge, police say. This time he may face a more than an unlawful use or possession of inhalants wrap if the judge believes he needs to learn a lesson. For now, he has been released on bail.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!


ACE loves the great outdoors, but nothing beats watching America's greatest pastime-baseball. Next week, our Minor League Baseball partners will help promote awareness about inhalant abuse. The Strike Out Inhalant Abuse program is in its 2nd year and we would like to have you there in support!

The Reading Phillies (Double-A Philadelpia Phillies affiliate) are gearing up for their Inhalant Awareness Night game on Thursday, June 24th at 7:05 PM. Representatives from the Pennsylvania School Counselor Association will be in attendance to address the crowd.

Subsequently, the Trenton Thunder (Double-A New York Yankees affiliate) will welcome ACE on Saturday, June 26th at their Inhalant Awareness Night game. Don't miss the first pitch at 7:05 PM. There will be local representation from the Pennsylvania School Counselor Association and the New Jersey School Counselor Association at the respective games.
Is baseball not your speed? Come out to support local students and school faculty as ACE recognizes them for investing in their community. Winners from our Strike Out Inhalant Abuse contest will have their work displayed on the big screen. We look forward to seeing you at the ball game!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Air Force Cracks Down On Inhalant Abuse

From The U.S. Air Force (June 16):

On June 8, the Air Force released a memorandum that revised current drug and alcohol definitions. The new scope includes other mood-altering substances, including household products. The straight shooting memo stiffened penalties against people who knowingly possess or use any substances besides alcohol or tobacco.

The updated letter of the law spells out a host of punitive measures the military branch can utilize should members ignore the rule. Offenders can be demoted to the lowest rank, dishonorably discharged and forfeit pay should they be found in violation of the policy.

Police Find 100 Cans of Duster in Car

From The Corsicana Daily Sun (June 17):

Texas police were shocked at what they found earlier this week. A resident drove passed a parked car only to notice the driver's strange behavior. The incident was reported to police who approached the intoxicated driver. It turns out the driver had good cause to be worried as the car's occupant was huffing inside the vehicle.

Misusing duster could kill on one's first use and this is true of any inhalant. When police searched the car, they found 115 empty cans of duster. The police were shocked at the number of cans but one officer remarked on the drug in question saying: "Who in the world would think kids would overdose on this stuff?"

The incident has only emboldened Navarro County police officers who want to raise awareness about huffing. "All we want to do is reach out to the public" the captain said.

'Huffing' Crash Victims See Day In Court

From The Carthage Press (June 16):

A 2007 crash left two girls dead and their families searching for answers. The subsequent inquiry suggest inhalants were a likely culprit in the fatal accident. The victims, ages 14 and 16, were passengers of an intoxicated driver who lost control of the vehicle.

The judge awarded one family $325,000 and assigned 70% of the blame to the driver, also 16-years old. In an "unusual decision" the court ruled that the driver's mother was partly to blame.
"I think it was a lesson, a message, that the jury wanted the parents to know what their children were doing before they give them the keys" the victims' attorney said.

It is not clear whether the victims were intoxicated at the time of the accident. State law requires the driver's blood to be tested. The results indicated she was intoxicated and her impairment likely caused the ensuing crash. The driver's family chose not to appeal the ruling.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Man Huffed Inhalant, Found Passed Out

From American Communities Newspapers (June 15):

An Ohio woman came home to find her boyfriend unconscious on the floor. She called emergency medical services but their response was limited as the man awoke prior to their arrival. There were no visible signs of permanent damage.

Police reported the incident and charged the man who admitted to huffing duster. The Westerville resident will appear in court to answer the using harmful intoxicant charge. Officers confiscated the keyboard duster as evidence.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Congratulations Adam!

ACE learned of Adam back in 2008 when his mother reached out to us for help. Back then Adam was huffing up to 12 to 15 cans of computer duster a day, not realizing with every inhalation he could have lost his life. Adam's mother says, "just like most parents, I had no knowledge that these types of products are being used to get high...drug education for my son didn't include inhalants. Inhalants weren't even on my radar. After [his] several tries at detox, rehab and over 10 relapses, I was hopeless and in the greatest despair of my life trying to prepare myself for what I thought was the inevitable death of my son, and I could not imagine without him." She further explained how she spent many hours educating herself, posting on ACE's message board, and going into local stores to share Adam's struggles.

June 15th marks Adam's 18-month sobriety date! When we asked Adam how he did it, he proclaimed "none of this would have been possible without my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and of course the Center of Hope". Center of Hope (http://www.clearwaterdereamcenter.com/) is a men's faith based substance abuse program in Clearwater, FL. Adam's mother echoed sentiments of the Center by adding, "by the grace of God, the Center of Hope, ACE's program, and Adam's willingness to get better, he is free living life again, and educating others about the dangers of huffing!"

Adam has indeed been very busy educating others on inhalant abuse prevention. In addition to being a frequent contributor on our message board, he has been to local schools and churches talking to youth and sharing his story. He's also utilizing social media to further spread the message by putting speeches up to YouTube and inviting persons to reach out to him via his Facebook page.

Adam is grateful to be alive and is excited that he will be starting college for Visual Effects and Motion Graphics on July 12th. With this post we want to thank him for doing his part in the community and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Adam's mother says it best:

"There is no one answer for getting help for this addiction, and there are many many avenues to take when it comes to rehab, support and 12 step recovery programs, but it is without a doubt , that programs like the Center of Hope, ACE and Inhalant.org have made a difference in educating the public, and saving lives. All of these together, plus the grace of God save my son's life."

To get in touch with Adam, feel free to e-mail him at alongcoh@yahoo.com . If you or someone you know is abusing inhalants please contact a medical professional for help. You can also look up resources in your state at http://dasis3.samhsa.gov/. Please visit Inhalant.org to learn basic information about inhalant abuse, including signs/symptoms of an abuser. Just want to talk? Our message board provides a community for that purpose.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Study: One Third of Deaths Related to Inhalant Abuse

From PubMed.gov:

A recent study examining accidental deaths tied to inhalant abuse found an alarming trend. Researchers looked at data from 2000 to 2008 housed at the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. They found recreational use caused 32 deaths while inhaling compressed chemicals caused one in three deaths.

The complete abstract and more information is available here.

Girl Abuses Butane, Found Dead

From UTV News (June 10):

On Thursday, Irish eyes were not smiling when a 15-year-old was found dead in Newtownards park. Some argue the handwriting was on the wall as the troubled teen had been in several care facilities prior to her passing.

The community is mourning her untimely death and asking who is at fault. "I believe there needs to be a corporate examination into what happened...This is a corporate ownership" one man said.

The Northern Ireland care facility is launching an inquiry to determine whether they should revise their screening policies. Community members believe a lax policy allowing residents to travel off the property may be to blame. The controversial rule is meant to reward residents who pose a lower risk to themselves and others may soon change.

In her death the teen still brings pleasant memories to those who were around her. "I found her to be a real live wire, a really funny wee girl...she would have lit up any room" a facility recalls. A postmortem examination revealed the young woman died from inhaling butane.

Friday, June 11, 2010

New York County Cans Aerosol Sales To Minors

From the Long Island Press:

Suffolk County officials have passed an inhalant abuse related bill. The measure restricts the sale of aerosols to anyone 18 or older with fines ranging from $500 to $1,000. The county executive must sign off on the legislation but has indicated he is likely do so.

Dancing To Different Beat: Cambodia Ex-Pat Says No To Inhalant Abuse

From the L.A. Times:

In a rare about turn, an incredibly talented Cambodian young man has turned his life around. He spent 8 eight years in jail, ostracized from his community, and kicked crime to emerge as an unlikely role model. "[His] story is very inspirational at many levels: himself, the children and Cambodia trying to come back," says an employee with an international non-profit.

After his conviction, he was deported from the U.S. in a federal move to crack down on improperly documented inhabitants. His relocation gave him a new perspective. Upon returning to Cambodia he admits: "I realized I needed to help out."

His emergence from a former member of the Long Beach Crips to a respected member of his community came from an improbable source- breakdancing. The foot-popping, hip-twisting artistry of the improvisational dance gave the young man new life and an outlet for his energy. Now his proteges are touring the U.S. as back-up dancers and he has established himself among giants in the world of dance.

He has not stopped with breakdancing. He also raps, beat-boxes, and deejays to the excitement of many admirers. The songs encourage people to invest their energy positively. One song "Huff Gow" points people away from inhalant abuse. Read on the learn about his amazing story.

California Driver Pleads Guilty To Inhalant Crash

From SignonSandiego.com:

Several cans of duster were found at a New Years Eve collision. While the sight was chilling, the intoxicated driver shocked even more people when he denied any wrongdoing. The crash sent a 9-year-old girl and her mother to the hospital. The younger died from complications associated with the crash 12 days later.

The driver has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge. If convicted, the 34-year-old could face a 16-year sentence.

Highlight Reel: Bluegrass State Fights Inhalant Abuse

Occasionally we come across unique videos that effectively send a clear and compelling message about inhalant abuse. In an homage to sport, we have dubbed the segment the "Highlight Reel".
This week's Reel comes from our friends at the Monroe County Alliance for Inhalant Abuse. The Kentucky-based group helps raise awareness about the dangers of inhalants and misusing household products. They communicated the gravity of addiction through this poignant public service announcement.


Don't Erase Your Dreams - Anti Inhalant Commercial from Phil Tabor on Vimeo.

Visit http://www.inhalant.org/ for more information about warnings and effects of inhalant abuse. You can also find support on our message board.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Scientists Study Inhalant Abuse in Mice

A recently republished study examined the effects of inhalant abuse on mice. During the four-year National Institute of Drug Abuse-funded exercise, scientists exposed mice to inhalants in different environments. They trained the mice to "deliver a 'dose' of inhalant on an intermittent basis."

You can view the abstract of the study here.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Anti-Drug Efforts Turn To Inhalants

From PRWEB (May 5):

In American soccer lingo, the border battle refers to the fierce rivalry between the U.S. and Mexico national teams. Within Mexico there is a different such battle, one between drug dealers and police. Recent kidnappings of Mexico's ruling party leader suggest drug abuse will not go away without a fight.

Counselors are well-versed in responding to alcohol addiction but claim inhalants are the second most abused drug. Narconon, an international drug rehabilitation company, is combating addiction with knowledge through sponsored free drug awareness workshops in Mexico. The Narconon First Step is a toolkit that includes facts, materials, and guidance to those who are under the scourge of addiction. Knowledge, counselors hope, will stem the growing tide of drug abuse.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Teen Caught Huffing, Inhalant Abuse Charge Pending

From The Trentonian (May 28):

On Friday police found at teenager huffing aerosol behind a rock wall. The 17-year-old was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation and released to a family member.

Several calls alerted local police to the apparent inhalant abuse incident. An inhalation of toxic chemicals charge is pending against the girl.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

CDC Releases new Inhalant Data

Today, the CDC also released the results of the 2009 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). Detailed survey findings can be found here:

The survey notes:

  • 11.7% of students have used an inhalant to get high at least once in their lifetime (Table 44).
  • Females (12.9%) used inhalants more often than males (10.6%)
  • 9th grade female use (16.7%) was significantly higher than 9th grade male use (9.7%)
  • Prevalence of having ever used inhalants was higher among Hispanic (14.0%) than white (11.5%) and black (8.2%) students
  • Prevalence of having ever used inhalants was higher among Hispanic female (15.3%) than black female (9.4%) students
  • Prevalence of having ever used inhalants was higher among white male (10.4%) and Hispanic male (12.8%) than black male (7.1%) students.
  • Overall, the prevalence of having ever used inhalants was higher among 9th-grade (13.0%), 10th-grade (12.5%), and 11th-grade (11.5%) than 12th-grade (9.1%) students
  • Overall, prevalence of having ever used inhalants was higher among 9th-grade female (16.7%) than 10th-grade female (13.1%), 11th-grade female (11.5%), and 12th-grade female (9.3%) students
  • Prevalence of having ever used inhalants ranged from 8.7% to 16.8% across state surveys (median: 11.6%) and from 6.0% to 18.9% across local surveys (median: 9.9%) (Table 45).
  • The percentage of students who ever used inhalants decreased during 1995–2003 (20.3%–12.1%) and then did not change significantly during 2003–2009 (12.1%–11.7%).
  • The percentage of students who ever used inhalants also decreased during 2007–2009 (13.3%–11.7%).

New Inhalant Data for California

We also noticed that new state level 2006-2008 aggregated data has been posted for the California Healthy Kids Survey.

For elementary (5th grade), table 3.1 shows that 3% of females, 5% of males, and 4% overall have used an inhalant to get high.

For the upper levels:(NT is defined as continuation, community day, & other alternative school types)

lifetime inhalant use: (Table A4.1)

0 times:
7th grade --88%
9th grade –85%
11th grade –87%
NT – 73%

1 time
7th grade --5%
9th grade –5%
11th grade –4%
NT – 7%

2 to 3 times
7th grade --3%
9th grade –3%
11th grade –3%
NT – 5%

4 or more times
7th grade --3%
9th grade –4%
11th grade –4%
NT – 10%


Past 30 Day Use (Table A4.3)
7th grade --6%
9th grade –6%
11th grade –4%
NT – 11%

Lifetime & Current (Table A4.25)
Lifetime:
7th grade:
Male --12%
Female--14%

9th grade :
Male --13%
Female--16%

11th grade:
Male --14%
Female--14%

NT :
Male --27%
Female--28%

30 Days:
7th grade:
Male --5%
Female--7%

9th grade :
Male --5%
Female--6%

11th grade:
Male --5%
Female--3%

NT :
Male --12%
Female--9%


Inhalant Use Past 6 Months: (Table C3)
0 times:
7th grade --84%
9th grade –85%
11th grade 87%
NT – 77%

1-2 times
7th grade --5%
9th grade –5%
11th grade –5%
NT – 7%

A Few Times
7th grade --3%
9th grade –3%
11th grade –3%
NT – 6%

Once a Month:
7th grade --5%
9th grade –4%
11th grade –2%
NT – 4%

Once a Week:
7th grade --0%
9th grade –1%
11th grade –1%
NT – 2%

A Few Times a Week:
7th grade --1%
9th grade –1%
11th grade –1%
NT – 2%

Once or More A Day
7th grade --1%
9th grade –1%
11th grade –2%
NT – 3%

Data specifically by county can be found here:

Inhalant Abuse: 5th Graders in California

Via NBC Los Angeles:

Nearly 1,000 students from Hemet School District took part in the California Healthy Kids Survey. The survey results which were recently released show that 6% of the 5th graders admitted they had tried an inhalant such as glue.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Survivor Tells Story Of Inhalant Abuse Crash

From KPLR11:

"Don't ever do air duster period!" a young man exclaimed. His emphatic admonition is well-informed as he and two others were seriously injured after their friend passed out at the wheel. Despite protests, the driver huffed duster while driving.

The car accelerated to 65 miles per hour before coming to a rest. The terrified passengers frantically tried to slow it down manually but had to crash the vehicle into several parked cars. Their crash landing sent at least three people to hospital. One passenger, who shares his story below, sustained damage to his arm. Another passenger suffered serious damage to his spine while another is still in the hospital.

Survivor Tells Story Of Inhalant Abuse Crash

From KPLR11:

"Don't ever do air duster period!" a young man exclaimed. His emphatic admonition is well-informed as he and two others were seriously injured after their friend passed out at the wheel. Despite protests, the driver huffed duster while driving. The car accelerated to 65 miles per hour before coming to a rest.

The terrified passengers frantically tried to slow it down manually but had to crash the vehicle into several parked cars. The crash landing sent at least three people to hospital. One passenger, who shares his story below, sustained damage to his arm. Another passenger received serious damage to his spine while another is still in the hospital.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Putting A Freeze On Inhalants, Refrigerant

From NewsOn6.com (May 28):

With summer on the horizon, some doctors believe it is not the heat we should worry about but the cold. Medical practitioners are warning people about inhalant abusers using air conditioner to get high.

Refrigerant, a gas emitted from A/C units, is the next step for some. It is accessible and free, which cuts the already low financial costs of inhalant abuse down to zero. Doctors warn long and short term side effects can be visible after the first use. "And the problem is people don't realize that there is a chance and risk of death" one doctor admits.

Heating and cooling companies have caught people on tape using the A/C for their dangerous high. "We've had several customers that after doing a job, found out it was leaking again after we had fixed it again...[we] discovered on a security camera that somebody was actually coming over and sniffing it at night."

The solution? Purchase a lock from your local heat and air company- about $30.

Teens Caught Huffing Butane

From The Age (May 31):

Several teens attempted to board a Salvation Army bus but displayed a worrying lack of coordination. ''They were all falling over and became aggressive, starting fights with one another. We knew they were drug affected, but didn't really know what was going on.''

Dazed and confused, the Australian teens walked into help. An alert individual asked the group, numbered at 20, what they were using and they handed over a can of butane. Minors cannot buy spray paint or glue, however butane has no such restriction. Users obtained the drug because it is accessible, cheap, and provides a sustained high. The youth said it cost $4.

What the teens did not know about are the unplanned consequences of their risky behavior. "Some have even set their mouths on fire when they have inhaled and then lit up a cigarette,'' a Salvation Army representative explains. He went on to say 55 percent of overdoses in Britain are inhalant-related.