Know The Warning Signs
Parents can keep their teens away from inhalants by talking to them and letting them know the dangers of inhalants. Most young users don't realize how dangerous inhalants can be. Inhalants are widely available and inexpensive, and parents should be mindful about how and where they store common household products.
Parents should be aware of the following signs of an inhalant abuse problem:
• Chemical odors on breath or clothing;
• Paint or other stains on face, hands, or clothes;
• Hidden empty spray paint or solvent containers and chemical-soaked rags or clothing;
• Drunk or disoriented appearance;
• Slurred speech;
• Nausea or loss of appetite;
• Inattentiveness, lack of coordination, irritability, and depression;
• Missing household items.