March 16th marks the beginning of the week for National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week!
I work in assisting the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition, a contact I made after my episode of Intervention, when I joined Director Harvey Weiss to speak on a panel with others affected by inhalant abuse in Washington DC. Many of the people that I have spoken with were once inhalant addicts themselves or friends and family (especially parents) of inhalant users who devistatingly passed away while using inhalants. This is an organization that works on reducing, preventing, and making the public aware of inhalant abuse, a goal that we both have in common.
In their most recent newsletter, the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (NIPC) defines inhalant abuse as "the intentional misuse, via inhalation, of common household, school and workplace products and chemicals to “get high.” This definition also infers two primary inhalant abuse slang terms: “Sniffing” and “Huffing.” In a sense the Process of“huffing” defines the slang terms for the Activity i.e. bagging (huffing from a bag); Glading (misusing air freshener); etc."
NIPC also regularly provides the public with updates and facts imperitive to spread the awareness and prevention of inhalant abuse. Here is an update of some of the most recent facts:
1. Any time an inhalant is used, it could be a fatal episode. This could be the first time you ever use inhalants, or the 100th. NIPC notes that there is research showing that "of those people who died from huffing, about one-third died at first time use."...