There has been an increase in the abuse of inhalants by young children in Hermanus. Parents and teachers need to be vigilant as this is becoming an alarming trend.
“Inhalant abuse is really bad amongst primary kids and we’re noticing it entering high schools as well,” said Ann Wright, manager of the Sustainable Futures Trust.
“Parents are living in ignorance. BE ALERT. Inhalant abuse is happening at all schools. “Familiarise yourself with the tell-tale signs that your child is engaging in narcotics. Listen to your instincts; better safe than sorry,” she added.
- Plastic or paper bags emitting strong smells
- the disappearance of household products
- stains on sleeves, handkerchiefs or ties
- a strong smell on the person's breath
- cold symptoms that do not disappear ( runny nose, watery eyes).
There are well over a thousand items that can be targets of inhalant abuse.