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Survey: 'huffing' is the drug of choice for 12-year-olds

Inhalants-Heart-FrontThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently released a survey which stated that 12 year-olds are abusing inhalants more than marijuana, hallucinogens and cocaine combined. In fact, according to the SAMHSA survey, huffing–deeply inhaling household products to get temporally intoxicated–is even more widespread than cigarette smoking among the age group.

Sharon Levy, MD, medical director of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at Children’s Hospital Boston, says peer pressure and the easy access young people have to huffable chemicals might account for its popularity.

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