Huffing: Teens abusing household items

Reporter: Alex Zequiera

The death of a young man in our area brings attention to an increasingly common form of substance abuse.

It's not a drug sold on the street or even something you would find in the medicine cabinet. The substance of choice we're talking about are products you probably have in your cupboard or stored under your sink.

Raid, paint, spray paint, lacquer thinner, white-out, nail polish remover: All used in a process called huffing. It's becoming a popular way to get high among young kids.

Less than two months ago, a young man from Boynton Beach paid the ultimate price - losing his life to inhaling.

Jason Emmanuel was undergoing rehab treatment at the Delray Beach Sober House for an addiction to huffing. Police arrested him three times in four weeks for huffing. The last time, he was found outside a Super Target when a seizure set in claiming his life.

His death is drawing attention to the popular practice of huffing which is quickly becoming the number one drug of choice for middle school students.

According to a study released last month, inhalants are the most popular drugs for 12 and 13 year olds, and it can range from spray paint to Raid.

All these products are a cheap and quick way to get high.

It works because the propellant inside aerosol cans causes the quick high people get from huffing. Experts say they've actually found people with paint on their faces from either spraying the product or from spraying it into a bag and then inhaling it.

Products, such as Elmer's Glue, that aren't sprays work simple from the fumes they produce.

Parents need to make sure these products aren't being overused, look for these things inside your kids bedrooms, and, most importantly, discuss huffing with your child.