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Inhalant Addiction Caregiver Tips
Inhalant abuse is a problem that disproportionately affects young people, so the responsibility of caring for users typically falls to their parents and guardians. Inhalant use is insidious and notoriously difficult to prevent, too, making it difficult for parents to keep their children safe.
To reduce your child’s risk of being harmed by inhalant use, keep these tips in mind:
- Educate your children. Children often think that because inhalants are legal, common household products, they are not especially dangerous. Make sure that your children know the extreme dangers associated with inhalant use. Also, be sure that they understand that even infrequent, casual use of the substances can have life-threatening consequences.
- Don’t give your children a partial education. Young people who abuse inhalants very often abuse other drugs and substances, as well. When you teach your children about the dangers of drug abuse, be sure to emphasize that inhalant abuse is a substance use disorder like any other.
- Be alert to the dangers. Know which products and chemicals can be used as inhalants, and keep track of them when they’re in your home. Look for the presence of suspicious products that you didn’t buy, and be watchful for the warning signs of inhalant use in your child.
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