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WHAT TO DO WHEN SOMEONE IS HUFFING
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Remain calm and do not panic.

Do not excite or argue with the abuser when they are under the influence, as they can become agressive or violent.

If the person is unconscious or not breathing, call for help. CPR should be administered until help arrives.

If the person is conscious, keep him or her calm and in a well-ventilated room.

Excitement or stimulation can cause hallucinations or violence.

Activity or stress may cause heart problems which may lead to "Sudden Sniffing Death."

Talk with other persons present or check the area for clues to what was used.

Once the person is recovered, seek professional help for abuser: school nurse, counselor, physician, other health care worker.

If use is suspected, adults should be frank but not accusatory in discussions with youth about potential inhalant use.

© SYNERGIES 1997

 


 

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