According to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a new generation of children is vulnerable to the dangers of inhalants—ordinary household products sniffed or inhaled to get high. In fact, one in five students will have abused some form of inhalant by the time they reach eighth grade.
Many young people may not be aware of the inherent risks involved with abusing inhalants. Even one instance of inhalant use can cause serious damage to your teen’s health. Prolonged sniffing of solvents or aerosol sprays can lead to permanent damage, such as heart failure and death within minutes.
Inhalants are especially popular among adolescents between the seventh and ninth grades. Speak with your teen early about the dangers of all drugs, including inhalants. Keep them well-informed of the dangers of this form of drug abuse.