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Lucrothe

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This looked like a good place to ask a question or two

First off, my best friend has discovered white erase markers and claims he can huff them for a high, yet the marker he showed me was labled non-toxic, can he -really- still get the damage and high from that?

Secondly, the brother of another friend of mine has claimed that he can huff from the school newspaper because it uses old printing ditto's and "smells like gasoline". Can he really get the high and damage from that?

I need to know, to know if I need to do something for them or not, I just don't know what else to do without breaking their trust to an adult at school.
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Lucrothe-  Thanks for your question.  Arts materials that are labeled "non-toxic" are supposed to be certified by a qualified toxicology that they are safe enough for use by children according to a certain standard. If the Dry-Erase Marker manufacturer is following this guideline, it is unlikely that the marker would have significant solvent content, and would not be very abusable. But it's best to check the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to assure that no other solvents are there that could make it subject to potential abuse.

Secondly, if the newsletter is in fact printed using a Spirit Duplicator (Ditto), this could be possible; however if printed properly, using the proper paper, very little Spirit should remain on the paper so the possibility to get high decreases.

Have you talked to your friends about the dangers of inhaling things? 

Are there any other students out there who have dealt with a friend who inhales? If yes, what did you say to them, how did you bring it up?


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Thanks Queshia. I have actually talked to the one who was sniffing markers, I used to be a marker sniffer myself, and I'm nearing the last few days of breaking my own addiction to the habits that develop, but sometimes I wonder if it's all in my head so I had to make sure by asking if it was possible, so I did a bit of searching to find the effects of inhaling to him, and fortuanately, it hit home a lot more with him since he knew my own story, and he's stopped. The marker he used was a Marks-A-Lot brand, which I cans afely say has no bittergent, and a very high odor.

I have yet to hit home with the one who uses the school paper, but hopefully they do everything accordingly, so that the amount of Spirit left is very little like you explained.
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Congrats for beating your addiction and good job for stepping up to talk to him.

Is inhalant abuse common in your school? Does anyone cover the dangers (i.e. health teacher, counselor, etc.)?

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Apart from other drugs, inhalants are actually a small thing around here, especially in comparison to other drugs like marijuana.

As far as covering goes, I've been through the health class and I can safely say Inhalants are glossed over at the end of the drug unit, with a paragraph long section in the book. The teacher combines inhalants with prescription drugs, and gives us a video on prescription drugs, and that's the end of it. The exact dangers of Inhalant abuse weren't covered if I remember correctly, just that Inhalants kill brain cells and if you chose to inhale you "aren't going to be the smartest person."
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