According to national surveys, inhaling dangerous products is becoming one of the most widespread problems in the country.
Household products such as gasoline are readily available, which has resulted in a significant rise in the number teens and young adults abusing this substance.
Long-Term Health Risks:
Mental deterioration and chronic injury to the nervous system are the principal health dangers of chronic abuse of solvents, including gasoline. This leads to other health issues, such as:
- Problems with attention, memory, and problem-solving
- Muscle weakness
- Balance problems
- Mood changes
- Nephritis and tubular necrosis
- Certain cancers
Gasoline sniffing is a marker that a child or teenager is at very high risk of trying or already using other drugs.
A Message for Parents:
Like any other inhalant abuse, gasoline sniffing is addictive.
- If you suspect your child is abusing any form of inhalants, a professional evaluation is recommended. If the abuse has been long-term or frequent, your child will likely require professional abuse counseling and intervention.
- If you suspect your child might be curious, but hasn't abused an inhalant, a talk with them about the dangers is recommended. Key elements toward preventing future abuse are awareness and education.
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