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WHY INHALANTS ARE BEING USED
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Potentially abused products, when used as designed, are legal, useful and serve many appropriate needs in society

Almost inexhaustible supply -- over 1,000 products can be abused

Products are universally available -- at home, school and convenience, grocery and auto supply stores

Products are free or generally inexpensive

Laws prohibiting sale of products to minors are difficult to enforce; legal consequences of use are minimal

No complex paraphernalia are necessary to abuse products

Youth do not have to go to a "dealer" to obtain products (they can be bought and/or are available in the home and at school)

Use can occur anywhere

Products are easy to conceal

Use is difficult to detect

Targeted education and awareness programs are not available in many schools and communities

Adults are generally not aware of the problem and tend to deny that their children may be sniffing or huffing

Young people are generally unaware of the consequences of use

© 1996 SYNERGIES

 


 

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