By Lauren Shanley
3 in 20 — 8th graders have reportedly tried an inhalant
Although sniffing is on the decline, its continued prevalence — especially among younger teens — is unsettling, especially given the fact that many of these toxins are garden-variety cleaners, glues, and building products. According to NIDA’s latest stats, eighth graders were the group that huffed the most. Equally alarming, only a third of all eighth graders saw trying an inhalant once as dangerous. Despite this misconception, even one use of an inhalant can cause a "sudden sniffing death" from an otherwise healthy young person. Other negative health and wellness effects include hearing loss and brain damage. Not surprisingly, only 7 percent of students who reported trying an inhalant earned mostly As in school.
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