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cezell

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I heard a horrible fall last night upstairs and found my 17 year old had knock over almost everything in his bedroom, on the way to the floor himself. His eyes were dialated, his lips were blue and when he would talk, his lips wouldn't move. I kept screaming what's wrong with you??? He wouldn't admit anything, until I found a PowerGreen gas can "ice cold" and dripping water, where he had originally fallen. I need some help, I have no idea what huffing inhalants is or really does to you, I was shaking all over, and he finally confessed. He could be DEAD right now......How in the world can I keep him from EVER doing this again???

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I'm sorry that you had to find your child like that. He exhibited all of the signs of inhalant abuse - lack of coordination, dizziness, slurred speech, pupil dilation, etc. The fact that the can was cold (what is PowerGreen?) suggests very recent use.

I'm glad that you've come here to find out more information. First of all, using inhalants can be deadly, the first time or the 1000th time. In addition, there are so many things that can be damaged in the body. Inhalant.org (our main site) details both short-term and long-term effects. I will post them both below.

Short term: Headaches, muscle weakness, abdominal pain, severe mood swings and violent behavior, belligerence, slurred speech, numbness and tingling of the hands and feet, nausea, hearing loss, visual disturbances, limb spasms, fatigue, lack of coordination, apathy, impaired judgment, dizziness, lethargy, depressed reflexes, stupor, and loss of consciousness.

The Inhalant user will initially feel slightly stimulated and, after successive inhalations, will feel less inhibited and less in control. Hallucinations may occur and the user can lose consciousness. Worse, he or she, may even die.

Long term: Weight loss, muscle weakness, disorientation, inattentiveness, lack of coordination, irritability and depression. Different Inhalants produce different harmful effects, and regular abuse of these substances can result in serious harm to vital organs. Serious, but potentially reversible, effects include liver and kidney damage. Harmful irreversible effects include: hearing loss, limb spasms, bone marrow and central nervous system (including brain) damage.

There is little room for doubt that your son was using the PowerGreen as an inhalant. Please take him to the doctor right away - he may listen to a respected medical authority as to the dangers of inhalant abuse.

Also, sit him down and have a calm, one-on-one, nonjudgmental talk. Ask him where he heard about huffing inhalants, or what he's learned about it in school. Try to find out if he's ever done this before. Ask if he was trying to get high because he was curious or if there were other reasons.

In the future, if you find him after he uses inhalants, try to keep calm as being startled or alarmed while high on inhalants can produce an adrenaline shock that could kill him.
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Some interesting news about Green Gas:

We were curious so we ran the question by our scientific affairs consultant. Here's what he had to say about the effects of inhaling this product. 

If this product was propane+silicone oil, it could be very dangerous to inhale, since not only could you get the cardiac arrhythmia propane and cause, but you could also get acute lung malfunction from the silicone oil, and essentially drown. 

We would like to reach out to the company to make them aware of the possibility of children abusing their products- but have had difficulty tracking down contact information. If you have this information handy, please send it to us offline at info@consumered.org.
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