With the current emphasis on protecting your prescription drugs from teens and pre-teens, parents may be missing a bigger culprit. In the usual way teens push boundaries, explore and take risks, youngsters often turn to substances we don’t even think of as drugs.
The rumors and information flies around the Internet or speeds through chat. Kids talk about drinking mouthwash (for the alcohol content) or inhaling fumes from glue, household cleaners or even gasoline. It’s enough of an issue that Dr. Terry L. Smith goes around West Virginia spreading the word through workshops.
His seminar covers common household items that kids will misuse in an attempt to get high, as well as including the “rush” some get from shooting guns. The workshops are restricted to those over 18 to prevent the underaged from picking up new ideas.