Beware inhalants

Parents recognize the dangers of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, but many may not realize that common household items such as paint thinners, nail polish remover, and glues can be abused as drugs. One study claims 1 in 5 middle-school aged children report having inhaled these products.

"Parents, educators, and others involved with youth should recognize that they are the front line of defense against these extremely hazardous substances," says Craig Cobb of the American Council for Drug Education. Cobb says parents can help prevent inhalant abuse by discussing it with their children.

For additional information on inhalants call 1-800-488-DRUG, or visit online at

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