What ever happened to good old fashioned glue sniffing?
CBC News reports (16 June 2005) that parents are being warned that some young teens may be inhaling computer duster products, an extremely dangerous method of getting high. "Dusting" involves inhaling compressed air from aerosol cans, specifically computer dusting products. The warning comes after four 13-year-old girls were caught inhaling the contents of a can of computer duster in a junior high washroom. Find the full story here.
Inhalant Abuse Among Grade Schoolers
PR Newswire reports (7 January 2005) that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) hosted a meeting in January to draw attention to the latest research about inhalant abuse. According to the 2004 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders, lifetime inhalant use for 8th graders increased significantly in the past year with more than 17% reporting having purposely inhaled potentially toxic vapors often found in common household products.
Babies Soothed To Sleep With Petrol Sniff
Unsigned article from the Journal of The LEAD (Lead Education and Abatement Design) Group Inc 8:1 (2000), which was reprinted from the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) 15/8/00 p.1. More in extended copy.
The article begins:
Some indigenous mothers used petrol-soaked rags to comfort their babies, according to a submission to a parliamentary inquiry yesterday.
The House of Representatives inquiry into substance abuse in Australian communities was told the petrol rags were tied to babies' jumpers to get them to sleep.
This was one of several "alarming anecdotes" in the submission from the Department of Family and Community Services, which "highlight the impact of substance abuse on indigenous people and communities".
"There is evidence to suggest that indigenous people suffer depression at a higher rate than non-Aboriginal people; that rates of self-harm and suicide are higher; and that substance abuse, domestic violence and child abuse contribute additional risk factors," the submission said.
"Indigenous women have identified that a common practice among some mothers to soothe babies and get them to sleep has been to dip rags in petrol and tie them on to babies' jumpers."
Once again, here is the link to the full text.
Substance abuse among Zambia's street children
The Mail & Guardian online reports, in this article by Zarina Geloo dated 29 December 2004, on the recent history of substance abuse among Zambia's street children.