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Inhalant abuse on the rise

By Bonnie Shelton

WAUSAU (WAOW)--It's been called sniffing, huffing, whippets and bagging...and local health experts say it's on the rise in our area. It's National Inhalants and Poisons Prevention Week, and health experts want you to be aware of this dangerous practice.

Inhalants can be found in your home, under your kitchen sink, in the laundry room and even the bathroom. Experts say that up until the past few years, inhalants were mostly abused by teens, but the number of people over the age of 18 being treated for inhalant abuse is on the rise.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 54 percent of all people seeking treatment in 2008 were over the age of 18.

Sue Nowak of North Central Health Care said she's seen the trend here in central Wisconsin. She said huffing is dangerous because you are literally putting poison in your body. It can cause very serious brain and lung damage and can lead to death.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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