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Huffing Has Tragic Consequences

Jan 24th 2011 at 2:44 AM

          As a mother of 3, ages 5, 10, & 16, with the 16yr old in a center right now for using pot. I was given a real wake up call when a good friend of mine called to let us know that his 15 year old niece from Kentucky passed away from huffing a can of air cleaner commonly used to clean out computer keyboards. Her parents had no idea what huffing was, says the local news video/article (I have included a link). As I sit here reflecting on the past couple years of trouble my own son has been in, I have to wonder if he had ever tried this. And would there have been any way to stop him if he had. Sadly, I think the answer is no. But I do know that awareness is the key to even saving one life. This amazingly beautiful young lady was only 15, I am hoping this article might help to bring an awareness to someone, somewhere. I pray for the parents during this time of great grief.

     Do your homework to learn about the signs & symptoms of teens huffing. Find out what to do if you suspect your child may be huffing or using any type of substance. Talk to your school resource officer, guidance counselor, your pastor, friends/family. I know it’s hard because I am dealing with this type of thing right now in my life. My son has smoked pot and K2 that I know of. But I suspect he could have been doing more. I am thankful that he was drug tested 5 days before getting off a diversion program probation, he was dirty for pot. This meant he had to go to a 6-9 month in house treatment center. I know who his friends are, I know they are up to no good. It’s a feeling of being stuck because they dont want to listen, you can only trap them in the house, ground them, take away their electronics and other consequences for so long before that does not bother them anymore. My biggest fear at this point is my son going out to “hang” with his buds after he gets out. The schools now days are infested with drugs of all kinds. Bottom line, you can’t be everywhere they are all the time.

     Being a parent these day is so hard, these kids seem to grow up faster than they should. I have done everything I can think of, talked to everyone who would listen, and done my best. Sometimes as a parent, I just don’t know what else to do.. My heart goes out to the family of little Mallory, and I pray for them to find peace somehow. I can not imagine the pain.

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