The Deadly Drugs under Your Nose

Inhalants are the drug of choice among pre-teens and early teens. Why? Chemicals that can be bagged or huffed are cheap, legal and are readily available in most homes.

Law enforcement agencies have traditionally concentrated their limited resources on arresting and prosecuting suspects involved in the manufacture, sale, and delivery of perceived more dangerous drugs: amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, marijuana and prescription medications. Drug awareness educational programs are usually associated in partnerships, such as the DARE program. Inhalants may be mentioned in such classes, but are rarely a focus. Recent studies have indicated that inhalants may be the most significant gateway drug.


Officer Jeff Williams' email continued:

...April 2nd was 1 month since Kyle died. April 5th would have been his 15th birthday. And every weekday I catch myself sitting on the living room couch at 2:30 in the afternoon and waiting to see him get off the bus. I know Kyle is in heaven but I can't help but wonder if I died and went to Hell.


It's easy to say hay, it's my life and I'll do what I want. But it isn't. Others are always affected. This has forever changed our family's life. I have a hole in my heart and soul that can never be fixed. The pain is so immense I can't describe it. There's nowhere to run from it. I cry all the time and I don't ever cry. I do what I'm supposed to do but I don't really care. My kids are messed up. One won't talk about it. The other will only sleep in our room at night. And my wife, I can't even describe how bad she is taking this. I thought we were safe because of Thor. I thought we were safe because we knew about drugs and talked to our kids about them...


You have been educated and warned. Inhalant abuse can happen in your own home. It is definitely happening on your beat. Pass the message along.

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