Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Video news report on huffing

Parent 2 Parent: The Dangers Of Huffing Chemicals

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It’s a dangerous form of drug abuse and one that affects younger teens. In this Parent 2 Parent report, the dangers and warning signs of huffing. This salt lake teenager is currently in treatment for alcohol and inhalant abuse. He began inhaling chemicals, or huffing, when he was 13-years-old. Doctors say that’s the age most teens begin.“If you look at surveys among youth in American, 8th graders have the most use across the board,” says Scott Whittle, M.D. with Wasatch Canyons Treatment Center. We talked to a teen who deals with permanent damage to his vision, a result of huffing for several months and doesn’t think he could survive any more abuse.“I’ll seriously die if I huff again, I’m serious,” he says. Huffing is a dangerous form of drug abuse. Even after one attempt, a user can have a fatal reaction. Other consequences include:
Memory loss
Spasms
Brain damage
Kidney damage.
Doctors say kids may try it because it’s cheap and materials such as chemicals, gasoline and glue can be easily obtained in the home. Signs parents can look for:
Paint stains around the mouth or nose
Chemical smell
Drunk or dazed appearance
And rapidly declining grades
“There will be a dramatic decline in academic functioning. You don’t do well in school while you’re inhaling,” says Dr. Whittle. Help and recovery is possible, but if parents notice these signs, they should seek treatment for their child as soon as possible.“If a parent finds it,” says Dr. Whittle, “they should absolutely bring their child to treatment and they should do it right away.”“I’d say don’t do it. it gets really freaking addicting,” There are more than 1,000 everyday household products being abused by kids.