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Teens get high on inhalants, roadside weeds, Glendale police warn

May 24, 2012 | 11:09 am

Some teens are turning to inhaling chemical sprays or smoking poisonous roadside weeds in an effort get high, Glendale police warned.

Displaying cans of body sprays and dust removers, along with drug paraphernalia and other chemicals sold over the Internet, Glendale Officer Joe Allen told parents at a meeting this week that the items were only some of the items of choice.

Allen said he bought most of the items from a 99 Cents Only store, surprising some parents who attended the informational drug meeting at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA.

"It’s our job as parents … to get them to understand that using [drugs] has negative consequences," Allen said.

Parents had asked Allen to talk to them about the latest drug trends among teens, said Susan Dubin, a member of the Crescenta Valley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition.

One popular method of getting high is huffing -- or inhaling -- chemicals such as gasoline, Allen said, although he acknowledged that local teens are mostly drinking alcohol and using marijuana and prescription pills.

Parents in the area began worrying about drugs when Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa spoke out two years ago about a five-year increase in heroin use among high school students and young adults in north Glendale. At the time, he attributed the rise to a local gang supplying the drugs.

Law enforcement officials began focusing on educating parents and students about drug use. "I think we have had a strong effect on new people using [heroin]," Allen said.

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