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Created On Wednesday, 10, April 2019
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Drug & Alcohol Detox & Treatment Services for Inhalant Addiction in Hawaii

Hawaii is no stranger to substance abuse issues. Meth has been a problem for the state for years now, but it’s not the only issue. In 2010, 154 people died in Hawaii as a direct consequence of using drugs, per an archived Hawaii Drug Control Update. And undoubtedly, some of those were from inhalant abuse. Inhalants are volatile substances that emit chemical vapors. When inhaled, the chemicals cause a high or altered mental state. They are called inhalants because they are seldom if ever, ingested by any other route of administration. Many other substances can be inhaled which either aren’t drugs or are normally consumed by other methods such as smoking, snorting, or injecting. It is important that a person abusing inhalants seeks help at one of Hawaii's drug rehabilitation facilities.

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A big reason why inhalants are so dangerous is that only a single-use can kill a person. Every use of inhalants is roulette and at any time the vapors may interrupt heart rhythm in such a way that it causes cardiac arrest. The chemical vapors may also cause such a drop in oxygen levels that the person suffocates and dies. Unfortunately, youth and adolescents are most likely to use inhalants because of accessibility. There are over 1,000 products that can be abused as inhalants and many of them are common, household items. Common examples include gasoline, aerosols, paints, solvents, and glues.

Families can help deter inhalant abuse by keeping cleaning supplies that can be abused out of reach and locked away. Additionally, they can ensure they’re disposed of properly. Anyone struggling with inhalant abuse should seek treatment as soon as possible.


Marcel Gemme, DATS - Author

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.