Young people today can face strong peer pressure to try drugs, including a group of substances called inhalants. Inhalant abuse is particularly a problem with younger teens, but even children as young as 5 or 6 years may try inhalants.

Inhalants have the special risk of being deadly any time they are used—even the first time.

As a parent, you are your child's first and best protection against drug use. The following is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about inhalants and how to prevent their use, especially since this form of substance abuse is difficult to treat. (Child refers to child or teen in this publication.)

More than 1,000 products typically found around the house can be misused as inhalants to get high. Because these products are commonly found in homes, offices, and classrooms, they are legal, cheap, easy to get, and easy to hide. Nearly 1...

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