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Substance Abuse at Home

There are a lot of everyday items that you use at home which could introduce your child to the addicting world of substance abuse. Some of these items are things that you as a parent would not even imagine would be addicting to a child! But children being children need to be taught about the nature of addiction so that they do not accidentally become prey to these harmful substances.

Here is a list of items that you need to keep away from your child or educate him about:

Cough Syrup:

Cough syrup is something that many kids consume a lot when they are children. Children consume cough syrup a lot because they get wet in the rain or catch a summer cold and need to have some. But when children get experimental., they could try cough syrup or cold medicine for the drowsy effect it has on them.

It is best not to stock such medication in your house unless your child is sick. It is possible that your child may accidentally try it and get hooked.

Sniffing Glue:

This is probably the biggest name in the list of substances abused

Sniffing glue for extended periods of time can have effects such as brain damage and temporary or in some cases even permanent memory loss. Sniffing glue can also cause rashes around the mouth and nose.
at home. Sniffing quick repair glue has become a huge problem for parents across the world. It contains an organic solvent that is highly addictive. This is inhaled by squirting some quick fix glue into a paper bag and then inhaled. It has an immediate effect on the inhaler, and makes him disoriented and inebriated.

White Ink:

This is a fairly new addiction among young teenagers in India today. Sniffing shoe whitener, or eraser white ink has caught on among many kids in India today. This substance is poured on a handkerchief or into a bag and then inhaled. Doing this for some time makes the sniffer dizzy, high and disconnected. The chemical toluene is what affects the sniffer as it has a hallucinatory effect on the sniffer.

What makes white ink or WINK attractive to teenagers is how cheap white ink is and the effect it has on them. So make sure you keep an eye on the shoe-whitener or white ink you stock at home. Toluene is also found in paint thinner and nail polish remover.


That is right, even sniffing the butane gas that we use in India for the stove, is a substance that children use for chemical abuse. The smell of butane has an instant effect on the inhaler, as it can make him dizzy, emotionally unstable, hallucinate and even pass out in some cases. The biggest con is that it can make him forget his current location, which could lead to even fatal accidents.

Excessive huffing of butane could lead to long term brain damage and even recurrent paranoia.

Sleeping Pills:

Sleeping pills are something that are more commonly known as an addictive drug. These drugs have a very controlling effect over the consumer which is why some teens turn to it as a medium of comfort. It is a well-known fact that some people become so dependent on sleeping pills that they cannot sleep without at least one.

Knowing about these substances is vital for all parents. Being aware of the side effects of these everyday products will help you keep a track on your child and help him stay off addictions.

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Rohan sood.5 years ago
thought provoking article. Nothing is safe. One need to be vigilant
Banini.5 years ago
My cousin used to eat amrutanjan and i found this behaviour very odd. We tried to get rid of this habit but she refused and now she has lost her voice box.
Shwetanu.5 years ago
very alarming. I never knew that simple things at home can be addictive. Indeed as a parents we must support and love our teens.
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