Alabama will be among six states that will participate in an anti-huffing program for teen-agers who use inhalants to get high.
The Alliance for Consumer Education and the American School Counselor Association are sponsoring the program. The organizations estimate nearly half of parents mention the abuse of inhalants, called "huffing," when discussing drug abuse with their children.
According to the Alliance for Consumer Education, about one of every five students has abused inhalants by eighth grade. Though deaths are relatively rare, huffing can cause damage brain, heart, lungs, kidney and liver damage.
Also participating are Pennsylvania Ohio, Virginia, Texas and Alaska. As many as 90-percent of elementary school children in Alaska have at least tried huffing, according to some estimates.
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Source: http://www.departments.dsu.edu/student_services/ra_projects/huffing.htm (Dakota State University Web site) contributed to this report.