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For a long time Native Americans have had problems with substance abuse They are among the highest of all ethnic groups in drug abuse with an estimated 78 prevalence of a need for drug treatment Some of these substances include alcohol marijuana crank cocaine LSD and inhalants Inhalants include gases and sniffing drugs which can be found in household items as common as glue nail polish and spray whipped cream The prolonged use of these solvents entails significant risk of brain damage while other serious health problems observed in chronic sniffers include respiratory difficulties liver malfunction blood abnormalities and nervous system damage Other hazards may include Sudden Sniffing Death violent or aggressive behavior suffocation burns and freezing to death and fetal solvent syndrome Unfortunately laws prohibiting sale of these products especially to minors are difficult to enforce Because many inhalants are ordinary products which are simply misused they are readily available and relatively cheap As a result many people adolescents in particular have taken advantage of solvents and are using them to get an easy high The most common ethnic groups to use inhalants besides Caucasians are Hispanics and Native Americans making teenage Native Americans primary sniffers In addition unlike most other ethnic groups female American Indians are just as likely to inhale as their male counterparts Two examples of this use of inhalants among Indian tribes occurred in North Dakota where a group of Lakota teenagers used Wite-Out a correctional fluid to paint the insides of their noses in order to achieve a high Another boy from the same area was smoking and inhaling a flammable intoxicant with friends when the intoxicant caught fire and produced a flame which followed the trail of the intoxicant down the boys throat In Placer County a case study was done on 62 women of the Maidu and Miwok tribes on drug and alcohol awareness Of the women who ranged in age from 17
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