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WARNING

IT IS NOT JUST "CANNED AIR":

More and more we hear about people misusing or abusing computer keyboard cleaner - known as "dusting." This is not just "canned air," but compressed gases that can kill you. Please see:

60 second PSA - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSWt8UMRsdY

30 second PSA – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBOi6MiMs4o

15 second PSA - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKklj4AjGzw

Video News Release - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSStgRoIsFY

http://www.snopes.com/toxins/dustoff.asp

New Dust-Off formulation by Falcon Safety Products a deterrent to product misuse. (.pdf file)

RESOURCES:

Inhalant resources available from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

LATEST INHALANT RESEARCH REPORT:

 http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k9/inhalantTrends/inhalantTrends.cfm

ADDITIONAL FREE INHALANT RESOURCES
http://ncadi.samhsa.gov/nipaw.aspx

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CBS Evening News Highlights Inhalant Abuse

Recently CBS Evening News with Dan Rather ran a feature on inhalant abuse. The segment features a Mom who lost her son because of a bad choice he made, a young man in treatment for inhalant abuse at Fairbanks Hospital, Indianapolis, IN and the NIPC. The segment also features a Partnership for a Drug-Free America news release which revealed inhalant use increases of 18 percent among 8th graders and a startling 44 percent among 6th graders. The video clip of this segment provides an excellent overview of the public health threat of inhalant abuse. Email us with your comments about the segment. Click on the links below to see the video clips in either Real Video or Windows Media versions:

video  Real Video:
http://video.cgi.cbsnews.com/video/video.pl?url=/media/2004/06/01/video620644.rm

video   Windows Media:
http://video.cgi.cbsnews.com/video/video.pl?url=/media/2004/06/01/video620644.wmv

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INHALANT UPDATE ALERT (.pdf)

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Alert: Correctional Fluid and Ritalin - a Deadly Mix (.pdf)

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NIPAW SET FOR MARCH 20-26, 2011

Take part in the 19th annual National Inhalants & Poisons Awareness Week (NIPAW), March 2011. This annual community mobilization and awareness effort has proven to be an effective tool in fighting inhalant use. Yearly, more than 2,000 organizations from 50 states and foreign countries participated. Click here to get more details on this awareness campaign, email us at nipc@prismnet.com or call at 800-269-4237.

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NIPC INHALANT UPDATES

The NIPC distributes email INHALANT UPDATES to inform readers of of current news, information, trends and research. If you would like to received the UPDATE, please contact us by email or call 800-260-4237.

SPRING 2005 NIPC INHALANT UPDATE
(.pdf)

FALL 2004 NIPC INHALANT UPDATE
(.pdf)

FALL 2003 NIPC INHALANT UPDATE
(.pdf)


CURRENT SURVEY RESULTS:

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INHALANT USE ON THE RISE

Results are in for a number of surveys that indicate that inhalant use is increasing nationally and in many individual states:

NATIONAL SURVEYS:

MONITORING THE FUTURE

National Survey on Drug Use and Health  http://oas.samhsa.gov/nsduhLatest.htm

DRUG ABUSE WARNING NETWORK, this data from a sample of Emergency Room includes reports of inhalant related incidents.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM Survey will have new data available in the spring, 2009 data is now available.


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INHALANT TREATMENT CENTER SEARCH

NIPC has been responding to an increasing number of callers looking for facilities that treat youth and/or adult inhalant addicts. If you know of any center throughout the country that offers these services, please call NIPC at 800/269 - 4237 or e-mail the information. General information about treatment facilities in your area can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment's treatmentfinder site.



NIPC Joins Forces with Coalition to Create New Inhalant Awareness Video

EDUCATE: Creating Inhalant Abuse Awareness Together

On October 13, 1998, Deloris Jordan, author of Family First and mother of five (including basketball star Michael), in a partnership with Director Barry McCaffrey (Office of National Drug Control Policy - ONDCP), Chairman Ann Brown (US Consumer Product Safety Commission - CPSC), and consumer products manufacturer SC Johnson, introduced an educational video about inhalant abuse to parents, teachers, and caregivers. This video is one more step in the company's efforts to communicate important messages about the dangers of inhalant abuse to families nationwide.

The video, entitled "EDUCATE: Creating Inhalant Abuse Awareness Together," gives adults important information about this dangerous and potentially deadly abuse. Inhalant abuse is the deliberate concentration and inhalation of common products found in homes and schools. Although one out of five kids abuse these products, more than nine out of ten parents refuse to believe their child would try it. As the first video of its kind, EDUCATE provides the education needed to close the gap between parents' perception and their children's reality. EDUCATE aims to reach every social, economic, and demographic denomination. It is important to know this behavior knows no boundaries; no families are safe.

Through the stories of families, teens, doctors and social workers, the EDUCATE video provides viewers with information on what inhalant abuse is, how to spot it, and where to go for help. The video gives testimonials of two families who have lived through the tragedy of inhalant abuse. Additionally, a former inhalant abuser from Iowa, who now lives with the consequence of his past abuse, provides a first-person account of the impact of this life-altering behavior. Finally, two social work professionals in Iowa as well as an Illinois doctor representing the American Academy of Pediatrics, provide some real-world advice on the short- and long-term effects of inhalant abuse. In this video, each of these participants, together, provide potential life-saving information for people everywhere.

The video can be obtained from the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition by sending a request via email to nipc@prismnet.com or by calling NIPC at 800-269-4237.

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REQUEST A FREE INHALANT BROCHURE

If you would like a free copy of "A Parent's Guide to Preventing Inhalant Abuse", the brochure produced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and a group of industry and non-profit organizations, call 1-800-269-4237 or e-mail the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition. Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission web site to view an on-line version of the brochure.  


NIPC AWARDS

NIPC Wins Its Third National Award

The National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (NIPC), a leader in the fight against inhalant abuse, was selected as a winner in the fourth annual National Health Information Awards. This program recognizes the nation's best in consumer health information programs and materials. This is NIPC's third national award in recognition of its efforts to reduce and prevent the misuse of common household, school and office products.

NIPC received the 1997 Bronze Award in the Total Health Information Category. NIPC, a non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas, offers free inhalant prevention materials and serves as a national clearinghouse for inhalant information. NIPC maintains the only Internet site devoted specifically to raising awareness of the deadly practice of inhalant use. Materials are available in English and Spanish.

"It is gratifying to win awards and it reflects why people are using our materials across the country to make a difference in their communities," said Harvey Weiss, NIPC Executive Director. "Our winning entry was among the 900 entries judged by a national panel of health information experts."

NIPC has also been the recipient of other prestigious national awards, including an International ANDY Distinctive Merit Award for the best public service poster. Over 6,000 entries from 36 countries were judged for this Advertising Club of New York event: the posters were designed pro bono by the Austin-based advertising firm GSD&M. The American School Health Association also presented NIPC with its highest substance abuse award for Outstanding Contribution to Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention. Both awards were received in 1995.

The goal of the NIPC is to raise awareness of inhalant use, since education is the key to preventing this deadly practice. Inhalants are common, legal and extremely toxic products that are misused to get high. Their misuse is a problem that is largely overlooked by parents and substance abuse professionals alike. However, national statistics show that one in five (21.2%) students have used inhalants to get high by the time he or she reaches the eighth grade.

Products that are huffed (inhaled through the mouth) and sniffed are as close as the kitchen sink or a child's classroom. Abusable products include: air freshener, hair spray, glue, lighter fluid, nitrous oxide, shoe polish, spray paint, correction fluid, markers, gasoline, nail polish remover, spot remover, whipped cream, butane, octane booster and propane. Young people in the 12-17 age group most commonly abuse gasoline and lighter fluid, followed by glue and toluene. Even first time use can be fatal.

"We encourage people to contact us on our toll-free number at 800-269-4237 for free materials to educate themselves, to get involved and to be part of the solution to inhalant use in their communities," Weiss added.

The awards program is coordinated by the Health Information Resource Center, a national private sector clearinghouse for consumer health information programs and materials.


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