More Kids Turning To Inhalants To Get High

Many parents think they have to care of their children for few more years preventing them from taking up substance abuse, but a new study found a disturbing trend which parent should consider. More number of 12 year olds are taking inhalants compared to smoking cigarettes or marijuana. Many 12 year olds are huffing or sniffing who are using marijuana, cocaine and hallucinogens mixed.

At the time of National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration issued data from the 2006-2008 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health and they indicate a rate of lifetime inhalant use in 12 year olds of the drugs:

  • 6.9% abused inhalants
  • 5.1% abused prescription drugs
  • 1.4% abused marijuana
  • 0.7% abused hallucinogens
  • 0.1% abused cocaine

Inhalants are breathable chemical vapors which will generate psychoactive (mind-altering) effects and are mostly abused by young people as they are not illegal and can be accessed easily. Most of  inhalants which are abused by kids are ordinary products and are found nearby the house.

In acquaintance with the awareness effort, the American Osteopathic Association encouraged its 67,000 osteopathic physician members to continue education programs regarding the dangers of youth inhalant use.

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