Inhaling chemicals is far more prevalent than some believe. In fact, one in five American teens has used household products, including refrigerants, to get high. “Sniffing” or “huffing” chemicals is also the high of choice for some 6 – 12 year olds. Consequences are severe and can result in death (Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome) – even on the first use.
March 16 through March 22 is National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week (NIPAW) and the Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) is urging members of the HVACR community to be on “high alert” for signs of refrigerant abuse. As an HVACR contractor, you may be the first to spot signs of abuse and your awareness may save a life.
Watch for the following signs that may signal inhalant abuse:
Parents are often unaware of the abuse and by the time they find out their child is abusing inhalants, it’s too late.
What can you do?
Do you have a refrigerant inhalant experience you would like to share? We encourage you to post it at http://messageboard.inhalant.org/. Your story can make a difference.
By Colleen Creighton
Executive Director of ACE
Contact Colleen at: email@example.com
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