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Hey,

I am a high school teacher worried about one of my students.  He exhibits the classic slacker signs of drug abuse, and I figured he was smoking weed, but lately I've noticed a STRONG smell around him, kind of like the adhesive part of band-aids, although it could be like a marker or something.  The research I've done says to look for a chemical smell on the breath, but this kid just reeks of it when he walks by.  That's not his breath, it's like he took a bath in it!  Any clue?  Thanks!
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MSL- Have you noticed any spots/stains on his clothes? Sometimes users may dip a piece of clothing in a substance.

Have you asked a school nurse?

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Hey,

No, I haven't, I'll have to look for that.  I did ask the nurse and his guidance counselor.  She said he is asthmatic so she doubts he's huffing, but I know he smokes, so that is no answer...it's weird, his books smell like it too, even though one was in the open air for a week.  I read on here that sometimes they put their heads in bags to concentrate the smell....could they do that with a nylon bookbag?
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Good question.  Nylon is not as absorbent as other fabrics, as it is usually pretty porous- it can also be dissolved with strong solvents. So it is possible that he could be using his bookbag, but not likely.
 
Have other faculty/staff noticed or questioned the student's smell?  Has anyone contacted his parents? 
 

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Insulin smells like Band-Aids. Lyme disease? Diabetes?
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