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julia

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I recently discovered a friend who I think is huffing. I was on vacation with him and I came back to the room unexpectedly and he was incoherent but after 10 minutes was fine. This was the first time that I suspected some type of drug use. That night when the lights were out I noticed that he had a metal piece in his mouth and he seemed to be inhaling but I was sleeping and just hearing this. I may have heard him lighting something. This went on for several nights in a row and I finally confronted him. I asked him if he was smoking drugs and he completely denied it as I had expected he would. I told him I don't know what he was doing but something to change his speech and behavior very quickly. He even went as far as to go with me to have a blood analysis done which of course came back negative. I was certain he was on some type of drug even to the point that he had called someone to leave urine for him...we were in a very rural town with a clinic. I made it clear that I didn't know what he was doing but I didn't want to hear it all night long. I suspect he continued doing it just quieter. I looked in his backpack and found a dry erase marker and thought he may be doing something with the marker. I didn't realize that effect could come from a marker...What is he doing with it? Lighting it on the bottom or putting it in a can?  I am not sure. I could swear that I felt a little drugged out as well.  Any info you could provide would be helpful?  How can he get off the stuff?

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a concerned friend

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any help.....advice..I just want to know what's going on so I can help.


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Well if you've read around you may have an idea of how common solvents contained in household products can be abused. Usually aerosol cans, lighters, and markers are just sniffed, And some people do canned air duster, which is also very commonly abused but none the less very deadly. Several markers with caps taken off can be put into a bag, and inhaled, air freshener, things like that, for concentrating the fumes to get "high", Or some can be soaked into a rag and "huffed" even stuck into their mouth just to inhale the fumes, and bagging is nearly the worst, because they're concentrating the fumes it's possible that they could pass out, and they may die if the bag covers their head and they suffocate, even if there is no bag and they do pass out from inhaling they could choke on their own vomit, If he does pass out like this you have to lie him face down, and call 911 as quickly as possible.
Many of these can cause permanent damage to the kidney, liver, bone marrow, heart, brain, and can also cause loss of hearing and the sense of smell.

If you really suspect he's doing something with these, you should confront him and intervene quickly, otherwise it may be his life at stake.

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Well now I'm back in the struggle with inhalants again, this time butane lighters and aerosol cans, my life is on the line with a knife slowly scraping away at it, and even if that line doesn't get cut in half by the knife, it ends up completely mangled and ragged.
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Darian,

Of course, I confronted him. I even made him go for a blood test on the spot. I should have known when he was too willing to go that something was up.  I thought for sure he was smoking crack..which I guess the alternative is not just better but didn't show up. So, now he thinks I don't trust him but at the same time thinks that I don't know what is going on.

I just don't get the whole marker thing....when I sniff a marker nothing happens..I am a professor and I have used wipe off markers forever. His condition was very altered and that is what made me think it was more. I think he was heating the markers in liquid or something for a bigger effect.

I will see him again in June and will see where things stand. I just wanted to come fully equipped with information.

Thanks.
j

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Julia- The problem with testing for inhalants is that most chemicals do not stick around long enough to be detected- even by the most sophisticated labs.
 
You did the right thing in confronting him about the issue.  I would also advise you to observe his behavior more (which may be difficult as you will not see him until next month).  If you have any mutual friends, ask around to see if they've noticed any strange objects and behavioral changes in him.
 
Thanks for reaching out and keep us posted on any progress you make in reaching out to him.

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