14 March 2013
National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week
March 18-24
National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week March 18-24, 2013 

National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness Week is a program designed to increase understanding about the use and risks of inhalant involvement. The mission is to prevent or reduce inhalant use in communities involving youth, schools, media, police departments, health organization, civic groups and more. 

Inhalation is referred to as huffing, sniffing, dusting or bagging and generally occurs through the nose or mouth. One in five students in America has used an inhalant to get high by the time he or she reaches the eighth grade. Parents do not know that inhalants, cheap, legal and accessible products, are as popular among middle school students as marijuana. 

Even fewer know the deadly effects the poisons in these products have on the brain and body when they are inhaled or "huffed." It's like playing Russian Roulette. The user can die the 1st, 10th or 100th time a product is misused as an inhalant.  

 Death is not the only danger associated with inhalants. Permanent brain damage, kidney and other organ failure, heart attack, and stroke occur much more frequent than what our children believe.   Inhalants are a variety of products common in the home and workplace that contain substances that can be inhaled to get high. 

People do not typically think of products such as air coolants, spray paints, glues, and cleaning fluids as drugs. Many inhalants were never intended to induce intoxicating effects. Yet young children, adolescents and Soldiers can easily obtain these extremely toxic substances. 


For more information, attend an ASAP Substance Abuse Identification training, this month!  Visit the Fort Detrick Community Calendar for more details, at http://www.detrick.army.mil/calendar/ 

Or visit the following: http://www.inhalants.org/ http://www.poisonprevention.org ASAP Fort Detrick and Forest Glen    

Posted by PAO

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