Thursday, May 31, 2012
The article informs parents of the household products their kids may be using to get high.
According to the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition, this includes adhesives like model airplane glue and rubber cement; aerosols, including spray paint, air freshener, deodorant and computer keyboard cleaners; solvents and gases, like toxic markers, paint thinner and nail polish remover; cleaning agents like spot remover and degreaser; even food products like cooking spray and whipped dessert topping. Most are cheap and easy for kids to buy over the counter.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Via thestarpress.com in Indiana
A 40 year old man was arrested on May 16th after police found him huffing gasoline fumes to get high. He was charged with “neglect of a dependent and inhaling toxic vapors.”
The report states, "The new amendment would prohibit the possession of inhalants with the intent to inhale, possession of paraphernalia for the inhalation of inhalants, and also prohibits being present at a place where inhalants are used or held for use.
The new code also refers to not only synthetic drugs but also common everyday inhalants such as spray paints, dust–off and gasoline.
The council approved the amendment unanimously with a 5 to nothing vote."
Thank you to Twin Falls, Idaho for taking a stance on Inhalant Abuse!
On May 12th, four males ages 17-20, set fire to 100 year-old cotton mill after huffing computer dusting spray.
The report states, "They were inhaling the air sprayer that you clean your computer with and getting high, and they set three or four fires inside the building."
The teens will be charged with second-degree arson and interference with government property.
A 16 year-old male student is being charged after an inhalant related crash. On May 16th, the teen allegedly “squirted a cleaning product from a spray can onto a rag and then took a deep sniff before passing out while driving” in the school’s parking lot.
The car then hit a 52 year-old security guard, who was “thrown into the air, landing on her head while the car continued through the intersection, over a curb and through a field” before it came to a stop after sideswiping a tree. It is reported the car was traveling at 45 mph.
The police report notes that the driver regained consciousness before instructing the 15 year-old passenger to lie to police and tell them the driver lost control of the car in an attempt to retrieve his cell phone. The 15 year –old allegedly provided the product that was huffed and admitted to lying to police.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Check out what this town is doing to inform kids of the dangers of drug abuse!
“A prevention education program should be given to children at least two, if not three, years before they’re exposed to drugs, before students typically encounter peer pressure to abuse substances or join a gang,” said Kristi Rapinchuk, Director of Categorical Programs for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District
Thank you Oakdale for your dedication to drug prevention education!
A 27 year-old woman was arrested after crashing her car into a house and then punching a police officer in the face, breaking his nose.
The officer saw the crash and approached the vehicle whereupon the driver resisted arrest and assaulted the officer. Neighbors gave police the cans they say she threw from her car. She was charged with “driving under the influence of inhalants, failure to perform the duties of a driver, and reckless driving."
An 18 year-old male has been charged with negligent arson after setting fire to an abandoned house. According to police, he and two other teens were getting high off lighter fluid when one person "soaked a rag with lighter fluid, set it on fire and threw it on a pile of wood in the backyard."
Earlier this month a 23 year-old man was arrested after an inhalant related crash.
The officer was driving when he noticed a car stopped at a green light. The driver pulled into a gas station and then lurched forward crashing into a concrete post. When the officer approached the car he found the man huffing from a can of computer dusting spray.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Last Monday, a twenty year old Wisconsin man was charged with one count of possession with intent to abuse a hazardous substance. The report notes on March 5th, police found the man sitting outside a restaurant acting disoriented. When they searched him they found two cans of computer dusting spray.
A 56 year-old experienced obstetrician in California. was suspended after a janitor in his office found "dozens of inhalants in the doctor’s trash can, noticed the doctor had red, swollen lips, and found a $400 receipt for nail polish remover."
During the medical board investigation the doctor admitted he had used inhalants, most commonly "poppers," chemicals used to clean video cassette players.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Earlier this month a school bus surveillance tape caught two high school students huffing computer dusting spray. One student was arrested on “suspicion of having a vapor-releasing substance containing a toxic substance” and the report notes at least two other high school students were involved.
A 34 year-old male in California driver smashed his car into a utility pole in an alleged inhalant abuse related crash. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and police found cartridges of nitrous oxide, commonly known as “whippets” at the scene.
A 20 year-old man has been charged with “one count of possession with intent to abuse a hazardous substance” after an inhalant abuse related incident in March.
Police responded to a call for a man sitting on a railroad tie outside a restaurant acting disoriented. When he was searched, police found two cans of computer dusting spray on him. The man admitted to huffing from the cans to get high.
A 26 year-old woman pleaded guilty to a “misdemeanor charge of intentionally abusing a hazardous substance” after she had been found huffing in a Wal-Mart bathroom in front of her son.
Upon hearing the child’s cries, a concerned shopper forced herself into the stall and took the can away from the woman. Police responded and she admitted to inhaling from the product.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Police responded to a call regarding a woman huffing in a carport on May 10th. Police found a 27 year-old woman who was “conscious but "out of it.” The police report notes she had been huffing industrial aerosol. She refused an ambulance to the hospital and was arresyed and charged with drug abuse.
A 17 year-old female has been charged with “driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, failure to keep right, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident” an inhalant related crash.
She admits she was huffing behind the wheel when her car hit a fence, drove across a lawn, struck a tree and then proceeded back onto a road. Police found the driver on a nearby road and an aerosol can within the vicinity of the car. She was brought to the station where evaluations concluded she had been under the influence while driving.
Two 13-year olds and a 12 year old girl are recovering after suffering burns in a propane explosion. The girls had been huffing propane in a car in Saskatchewan, Canada when one of them lit a cigarette.
The article notes the explosion “felt like a semi had rumbled by” and that it “blew out the car's windows, and sprayed debris five metres away.” It also quotes a local staff sergeant who remarks he “saw the car. The girls are pretty lucky they weren't hurt worse.”
A 37-year old man who last fall had been charged with felony theft plead guilty last month in court. The man is accused of inhaling refrigerant from his neighbors’ air conditioners to get high. The theft is considered a felony because the estimated repair costs total nearly $1,800.
Police responded to a call regarding a trespasser and found the man unconscious by the air conditioner. When he came to the man admitted he had been huffing refrigerant from the unit. The next night police responded to a call for trespassing and once again found the man. Five residents have been affected and the police report notes that the man was hospitalized on at least two occasions after huffing refrigerant.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
In Honor of Mother's Day, today's guest post comes from MADD.
Mother’s Day is a very important holiday at MADD, since we were founded by a mother who lost her daughter to drunk driving. This Mother’s Day, we honor all of the victims who have lost a mother or a child to drunk or drugged driving.
For more than 30 years, MADD has worked hard to put an end to drunk driving. Study after study shows what happens when alcohol and driving are mixed—tragedy. But while drunk driving remains one of the primary threats on America’s roadways, alcohol isn’t the only drug that causes heartbreak on our roadways. We are also seeing a growing trend of drugged driving crashes, including illicit drugs, prescriptions drugs (when not used properly) and inhalants. Although the substances are different, the consequences are the same—needless deaths and injuries.
MADD provides support to victims and survivors of drunk and drugged driving crashes. If you are a victim or survivor, call MADD's 24/7 Victim/Survivor Support Line at 1-877-MADD-HELP (877-623-3435) to speak with a victim advocate at no cost, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) is looking forward to working more closely with MADD on the issue of impaired driving.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Via 4029 TV in Arkansas:
A 21 year-old man was arrested after he was caught huffing compressed gas inside a Walmart bathroom.
Via the Helena Independent Record:
A 20 year-old man became violent after huffing compressed gas and is now facing felony charges of assault as a result.
The man was taken into custody on a misdemeanor charge of possession of an intoxicating substance. He kicked one of the detention officers and was placed in a cell where he tried to “choke himself with part of the smock he was wearing and then with a string from the mattress.” He continued to fight the officers, sending one to the hospital to be treated for injuries.
Police responded to a report of a car crash but before they could respond the driver fled the scene. Additional 911 calls came in regarding a second crash- the car had “left the southbound lanes, crossed over both northbound lanes and slammed into a bank’s sign.” Police found the driver “injured but walking outside the vehicle.”
Via the Otago Daily Times in New Zealand:
This past weekend a 12 year old boy was found dead after he and a group of youths had been inhaling butane from a canister. The article notes that “attempts to resuscitate the boy were unsuccessful and he died at the scene.” The post-mortem was set to take place this week.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Via nwahomepage.com in Arkansas:
Police believe that a woman was huffing when she lost control of her vehicle and hit another car.
According to witnesses, the woman was driving very fast and “crossed the median and t-boned a pickup truck.” The truck hit a storefront before landing on its side.
According to police, the driver attempted to hide the can of duster by handing it to a witness.
Via the Beatrice Daily Sun in Nebraska:
A 17-year-old boy and his two passengers were hospitalized after a car crash Saturday night.
Police learned that the teenager was huffing when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a mall sign. The teenager and his 14-year-old brother were taken to the hospital in an ambulance. A 17-year-old who was sitting in the passenger's seat was taken to the hospital in a helicopter.
The teen will likely face criminal charges, including willful reckless driving and use of inhalants. A local police officer observed, "People are wondering what these people are thinking when they do stuff like this. And that's just the thing--they're not thinking. And people get killed when others don't think."
Via the Daily Herald in Illinois:
An Illinois teenager faces a felony intoxicated driving charge after a car crash Saturday night.
According to police, the young woman was huffing from an aerosol can while driving, which caused her to pass out. Her car then crossed into oncoming traffic, where it struck another car and caused it to flip on its side.
The two passengers in the car she hit were taken to a nearby hospital. One of them, an 84-year-old woman, was found to have multiple fractures and a ruptured spleen. There were two other young women in the teenager's car, and they were also transported to the hospital.
The teenager admitted to police that she was huffing immediately before the crash. She has been charged with aggravating driving under the influence, improper lane usage, and no proof of insurance.