More 12-year Old Use Inhalants

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The recent reports have revealed that more 12-year-olds have used inhalants in a bid to grab high than marijuana, cocaine and hallucinogens combined.

These potentially deadly inhalants used to get a high are revealed to include aerosol computer cleaners, glue, hair sprays, paint solvents and gasoline, which are huffed or sniffed and can cause addiction or sudden death due to a cardiac arrest.

At a press conference held this week on the issue, 17-year-old Ashley Upchurch, a recovering inhalant abuser, quoted, "Inhalants were a cheap, legal, and an intense high that would also enhance the feeling I would get from other drugs.”

The U. S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration issued reports based on the statistics from 2006-2008 national surveys, showing that up to seven percent of 12-year-olds are found to sniff inhalants, compared to 1.4 percent who say they've used marijuana, 0.7 percent who've used hallucinogens, and 0.1 percent used cocaine.

However, five percent revealed to take prescription drugs for non-medical reasons.

Celebrating the National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week, experts are urging parents and doctors, making them known with the signs of inhalant abuse as mood swings, glassy eyes, etc.

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