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Teens Opening Other Cabinets To Get High

PARAGOULD (KAIT) when it comes to getting high--teens will try just about anything.

From sniffing gasoline to eating **toilet cakes** . Police say they've seen it all.

But are inhalants the major problem here?

A new Federal study says that fewer teens are sniffing glue, paint thinner or gasoline.

However, it doesn't say the numbers are declining, simply not increasing.

So what are the kids doing to get high?

As we found out, it's coming out of a different cabinet in **your** home.

Corporal Brad Snyder a Paragould DARE officer says the inhalants fad peaked out about 3 years ago.

"To say that inhalants is not still an issue that would be false. Part of our DARE curriculum at school we speak about inhalants in our lessons."

Many inhalants are things like gasoline and spray paint like you would find in a garage cabinet.

Many of these products can be fatal to a user. Even the first time.

Snyder says most kids in Region 8 he's discovered aren't going to the paint cabinet for their highs. They are looking for something a little easier to get.

"Predominantly any more it seems that ours are going more toward prescription medication and over the counter medications."

Most of these drugs are coming from the teens home medicine cabinets and they are not picky as to what they may take.

Snyder says pharming parties or so-called tossed salad parties are popular.

"Where folks just bring in pills, red ones white ones, green ones yellow ones and throw them into a bowl and throughout the night folks just dip their hand in their and grab whatever they want and take them."

Mix this with alcohol and it's a recipe for disaster.

Snyder says parents and grandparents have to maintain control. Keep track of how much medications you have.

"I've seen a lot of situations where parents or grandparents will run out of their medicine early in the month and they don't understand why that is."

It may resort to lock and key to keep drugs from teens and unfortunately younger kids as well.

Snyder, "Unfortunately it seems like earlier and earlier these kids are starting to learn about these things through older siblings or the Internet for that matter."

If you do keep prescriptions in the house, note when they are being refilled and make a note on a calendar when you take them and if you are running short when you shouldn't be.

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