After the disturbing IM that my daughter's friend had overdosed last night - I tried to pull some information out of my daughter. She was so distraught that it was hard to calm her down enough to ask her questions. X has been a very close friend to her since they were little, they have almost grown up together.
For about an hour after the IM, we had no information - and couldnt get ahold of anyone. During that time I checked with the two local hospitals to see if "X" had been admitted. The answer was "no", so we took that as good news.
About an hour later, X drove up and parked his car in front of his family's house! My daughter ran out to him to just check him and make sure he was alright, and to express her deep concern.
X said - he had been at his Dad's (parents are divorced), was feeling extra depressed, and huffed the spray that is used to clean computer keyboards. You've probably heard about kids doing that, but who would ever think that a smart kid who is well off and who is well liked would be drawn to do such a thing? Well, teen-agers are vulnerable, they really are.
X got sick from the huffing, and his dad (where he was visiting that night) took him to a local hospital - where X was checked out and released.
Today is X's birthday.
X told my daughter that he is now color blind, or at least today he is. He asked her - what color are my clothes! His mother and step dad were not home, nor his brother, so I wonder if they even know about his close call to death.
You see, some kids die the very first time they try huffing any inhalent. Others suffer brain damage. X suffered damage to his optical nerve.
There is alot of information about the dangers of Inhalent abuse at the National Inhalent Prevention Coalition.
I am telling you this story because if this could happen to the "boy next door", it could happen to anyone, your kid, or your neighbor's kid, or your kid's friends.
Life is precious, and teenagers are so vulnerable.
We can't put a wall around our kids, or get rid of all dangers. Instead, we must innoculate our kids with coping mechanisms so that when they feel backed into a wall, they can deal, instead of hurting themselves.