Similar campaigns in the 1990s were effective for reducing inhalant abuse
; between 1995 and 2001, data suggested these programs led to an increase from 64% to 79% in the proportion of teens who perceived inhalant abuse
as risky, and inhalant abuse
declined significantly during that period, from 23% to 18%.
Because the highest incident rate occurs with 12-year-olds, parents should begin educating children as young as six about the dangers of inhalant abuse
while they are more willing to listen, said Ms.
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In this country, approximately 100 teens die each year from inhalant abuse
. Last year, Johnson Bryant became one of those teens.
"Sudden sniffing death" is another medical complication of inhalant abuse
, and it can occur the first time a child tries it.
should be considered as a cause of death whenever inhalant use is suspected, according to the guidelines.
Medical examiners should also suspect inhalant abuse
in cases of car crashes, falls, fire, suicide, and violence, the guidelines say.
Clark advised physicians to be alert to the signs of inhalant abuse
, which can include runny nose and eyes; spots or sores on the mouth; chemical breath odor; a drunk, dazed, or dizzy appearance; and anxiety and irritability.
Any of the following may be signs of inhalant abuse
has been the focus of numerous national and local education campaigns targeting families, communities, and schools.
For the past two years, she has struggled with her own inhalant abuse
. "I'm still terrified that one day I'll end up like him," she says.
has been the focus of many national and local education campaigns targeting families, communities, and schools.