"Huffing" the new way kids get high using household products - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/11/10

National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness Week reminds of the dangers of "Huffing"

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – "Huffing" is what it's called when kids inhale common household products to get high, stuff like aerosol computer cleaners, shoe polish and some refrigerants. They're cheap, easy to get a hold of, and legal to own, but what many don't know is just how dangerous these products can be when they're inhaled.

"There can be long term effects, permanent damages on many organs in the body such as the brain, the heart, the kidney and the liver," said Jennifer N. Caudle, D.O., in family medicine.  "And in some cases death can occur immediately from cardiac arrest that can happen after using an inhalant." 

This is National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week. So, parents and doctors are encouraged to look for the signs, which include a change in mood, glassy eyes, sinus problems and a pungent smell.

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