March 20th through 26th is Inhalants Awareness Week.

One on five students in America has used an inhalant to get high by the time he or she reaches the eighth grade.

Parents don't know that inhalants, cheap, legal and accessible products, are as popular among middle school students as marijuana. There are more than 1,000 products that are very dangerous when inhaled -- things like typewriter correction fluid, air-conditioning refrigerant, felt tip markers, spray paint, air freshener, butane and even cooking spray. Few parents know the deadly effects the poisons in these products have on the brain and body when they are inhaled or "huffed." It's like playing Russian Roulette. The user can die the first, thenth or hundreth time a product is misused as an inhalant. Other effects include damage to the heart, kidney, brain, liver, bone marrow and other organs.

Prevention through education has proven to work against this popular form of substance abuse. Download the I'm Safe free "Smart Steps to Poison Prevention" page and share it with every parent you know.