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Teen "Huffing" Is On The Rise

Monday, 24 April 2006 12:00 AM

About 20 percent of U.S. teenagers admit they have gotten high by inhaling common household products, and fewer understand the dangers of this practice compared with teenagers five years ago, according to a report from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.

The findings reflect a drop-off in educational efforts to combat inhalant abuse, the sniffing of vapors from ordinary products like glue, spray paint, nail polish remover and gasoline, the report says.

In 1995, the Partnership launched a large advertising campaign that was credited with boosting awareness of the dangers of inhalant abuse -- which include damage to the brain, liver, kidneys, vision, hearing and even sudden death from suffocation or heart arrhythmias.

Surveys found an accompanying decline in the percentage of kids who'd ever tried huffing, from 23 percent in 1995 to 18 percent in 2001.

But the new findings, based on a national survey of more than 7,200 teenagers and 1,200 parents, suggest awareness has waned and abuse is on the rise.

Overall, the survey found, 64 percent of teens "strongly" agreed that huffing can be fatal, down 19 percent from 2001. And 77 percent strongly agreed that inhalants can cause brain damage, down 9 percent.

Only 5 percent of the parents in the survey thought their child had ever abused an inhalant, although 20 percent of teens said they had.

A parents' guide is published on the Partnership's Web site, www.drugfree.org.

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