Narconon Warns Kids, Parents about Dangers of Inhalants

Narconon, drug rehab and prevention facility to help educate as many people as possible about the dangers of inhalant abuse in observance of National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week.

March 20-26 is National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week, and Narconon wants to help prevent inhalant abuse and associated effects by educating parents and kids.  The annual observance is sponsored by the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition.

According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), there were roughly 600,000 people in America aged 12 or older who had used inhalants during the past month. Inhalants are often chemicals that are typically found in an average household, including fumes from air dusters, spray paints, paint thinners, cleaners and other chemicals.

Awareness and prevention efforts to appear to be working, as the rates of inhalant abuse amount youth between the ages of 12 and 17 have declined each year from 2006-2009. Narconon prevention programs include inhalants as part of the curriculum.

The National Inhalant Prevention website says that 1 in 5 kids try inhalants by the time they reach eighth grade, and that “huffing,” as it is often called, can cause brain damage even in the first use.

On the treatment side, more than 1,000 people each year list inhalants as their primary substance of abuse. For those seeking treatment at Narconon, they participate in a body cleaning process that helps to eliminate the stored toxic residues form the chemicals that have been inhaled.

If you would like a Narconon drug prevention specialist to speak to your school or organization, or if you have a loved one in need of rehabilitation, contact Narconon Arrowhead today at 800-468-6933.