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CBS Evening News Highlights Inhalant Abuse
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
UPDATE ALERT (.pdf)
Alert: Correctional Fluid and Ritalin - a Deadly Mix
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 423-902-9266.
2005 NIPC INHALANT UPDATE
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INHALANT USE ON THE RISE
are in for a number of surveys that indicate that inhalant
use is increasing nationally and in many individual states:
National Survey on Drug Use and Health http://oas.samhsa.gov/nsduhLatest.htm
ABUSE WARNING NETWORK, this data from a sample of Emergency
Room includes reports of inhalant related incidents.
INHALANT TREATMENT CENTER SEARCH
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 423/902 - 9266 or e-mail
Joins Forces with Coalition to Create New Inhalant Awareness
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.
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
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.
video can be obtained from the National Inhalant Prevention
Coalition by sending a request via email to email@example.com
or by calling NIPC at 423-902-9266.
REQUEST A FREE INHALANT BROCHURE
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 1-423-902-9266
or e-mail the National Inhalant
Wins Its Third National Award
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
encourage people to contact us on our toll-free number at
423-902-9206 for free materials to educate themselves, to
get involved and to be part of the solution to inhalant use
in their communities," Weiss added.
awards program is coordinated by the Health Information Resource
Center, a national private sector clearinghouse for consumer
health information programs and materials.
your representatives in Washington know about your inhalant