Grove Police officers recently took a juvenile male into custody on charges of public intoxication after he was caught apparently “huffing” from a can of dust remover in his car, which was parked at Grove Springs Park, according to a report.
Grove Officer Tracy Bloss said the 17-year-old was passed out in the back seat of his car with the can of dust remover when officers arrived on the scene.
Officers sought medical attention for the youth before taking him into custody.
“He was all right,” Bloss said.
He said that “huffing” is an ongoing problem among teens in Grove.
“I won’t say it’s increasing,” Bloss said, “but it does seem like we more incidents lately.”
He said “huffing” is one of the most dangerous ways to get “high.”
“It is one of the only things that can kill you instantly,” Bloss said. “It involves inhaling chemicals that were never meant to be put in your body.”
He explained that the chemicals found in aerosol sprays coat the lungs when they are deliberately inhaled.
“Then oxygen can’t get to the lungs which means it can’t get to the brain,” Bloss said. “That’s why it’s a risk every time they do it. If they saturate too many cells, it can have a really bad impact on their bodies. Even the first time they do it they’re destroying brain cells.”
Officer Scott Graham said that one of the biggest problems with “huffing” is that it is not reported most of the time.
“It’s not like these kids are buying crank or weed,” Graham said. “They are buying normal household products at Wal-Mart and using them to get high.”
Bloss added that huffing is the reason why it is illegal for many paint products to be sold to minors.