Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Danger in Our Yards

I was trolling the real estate blogs (yes, I know there's only four days until the wedding, but I was just taking a little break....geez!) when I stumbled onto this post. How scary is that? Yes, liability is an issue, but how awful would it be to know that someone died after doing this on your property?

Please share the link to that post with your friends; we don't want to publicize it around young people, but we do need to be aware of this and take precautions. And note these statistics cited by the blogger in a comment below her post:

  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that one in five American teens have used Inhalants to get high.
    According to Stephen J. Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership for Drug-Free America, 22% of 6th and 8th graders admitted abusing inhalants and only 3% of parents think their child has ever abused inhalants.
    An analysis of 144 Texas death certificates by the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse involving misuse of inhalants found that the most frequently mentioned inhalant (35%) was Freon (51 deaths). Of the Freon deaths, 42 percent were students or youth with a mean age of 16.4 years.
    Suffocation, inhaling fluid or vomit into the lungs, and accidents each cause about 15% of deaths linked to inhalant abuse.
    National Institute on Drug Abuse's ‘Monitoring the Future' study reveals that inhalant abuse among 8th graders is up 7.7% since 2002.
    55% of deaths linked to inhalant abuse are caused by "Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome." SSDS can occur on the first use or any use. The Inhalant causes the heart to beat rapidly and erratically, resulting in cardiac arrest.
    22% of inhalant abusers who died of SSDS had no history of previous inhalant abuse. In other words, they were first-time users.

1 comment:

Janet said...

Wow. We don't have an air conditioner since we live in Canada and we'd only need it a few weeks of the year, but....yikes.