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New Threat In The War On Drugs

By: Angela Sparkman
By: Angela Sparkman

A new danger could be emerging in the war on drugs in eastern Kentucky.
Deodorant and body sprays products are marketed to make teens "smell good," but a local Unite director says some teens aren't wearing them. Instead they're inhaling them to get high.
UNITE Pike President Debbie Trusty says body spray is easy for teens to buy and then use as a drug.
"It's relatively inexpensive." says Trusty. "It's in most homes. It's easy to conceal, and it's something parents don't realize a lot of."
That's not all. Trusty says studies show one in five pike county 8th graders have inhaled something to get high.
Officials say to be careful because young people can find just about anything in a home or store to use as an inhalant.
Things you might not think of.
"Whip cream," says Trusty "Whip cream has nitrous oxide in it and nitrous is one that kids love to get a hold of."
"I never thought in my life they'd be doing something with whip cream to get high." says Pike County Parent Lashawna Miller.
Trusty says inhalants give teens a quick fix, but they may not realize the long term effects like spasm of the arms and legs and liver and kidney damage.
Some deodorant and body sprays do have a warning label against huffing. Officials say parents should watch closely and make sure teens are using the products for their designed purpose, and not to get high.


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