NoHo students hospitalized for inhalants

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. All three students were taken to /*Valley Presbyterian Hospital*/.

The national survey on drug abuse finds that 1.1 million American Adolescents have abused inhalants.

"It's a devastatingly pervasive problem," said Los Angeles City Deputy Attorney Veronica De Alba.

/*Los Angeles Unified School District*/ Drug Counselor Antonio Roque elaborated on how dangerous inhalant abuse can be.

"You can die the very first time you use it. Or the tenth time you use it," said Roque.

Roque also said that over the last decade the abuse is rising amongst middle school students.

"We are seeing the rate between 7th graders, 8th graders, and 9th graders rise," said Roque. "And, we're seeing a lot of young girls also."

Officials say it's important for parents to pay attention to how their children are behaving in order to protect them. Experts say the chemicals that may be involved in inhalant abuse usually have some sort of odor. In addition, the child may appear to be disoriented or lethargic at certain times.

Experts advise parents to remain aware and involved in their kids' lives and to talk to them about the dangers of abusing inhalants.


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