Household Items To Watch Out For

When parents think of their children and drug use, they often imagine malicious drug dealers entering their local schools or neighborhoods, but often, children and teens are using around-the-house items to get high.

Discuss with your child the dangers of using cleaning or other household products for anything other than their intended use. For parents of pre-teens especially, monitoring the amounts of and access to potentially mis-useable substances in your home can help prevent drug abuse from going unnoticed.

Below is a list of around-the-house items that that can and have been used to get high; however, it’s not an extensive list:

  • Prescription drugs
  • Cough syrups or decongestants
  • Substances that come in spray bottles, such as vegetable spray, computer cleaning products and spray paint
  • Gases such as propane, chloroform and whipped cream bottles
  • Nitrates – substances often used in cleaners or room air fresheners
  • Volatile solvents, such as permanent markers, paint thinners, glue, gasoline, degreasers
  • Nutmeg (yes, the seasoning)
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