LINCOLN, Neb. (FOX 42 KPTM) — The Lincoln Police Department is warning parents and the community about teens 'huffing'.
They say in the last two weeks the department has taken several reports of juveniles using air horns to get high.
Officials say the teens use or release the chemicals from the air horn in a small space and inhale them.
They say kids have been purchasing or shoplifting 3.5-8 ounce air horns from sporting goods stores.
Police say huffing is not a harmless game.
Officers say they responded to a call last week where a juvenile was taken to the hospital.
Signs of inhalant abuse or 'huffing':
-Paint or chemical smell on clothing, skin, or breath
-Stains from paints, solvents, or other chemicals on the hands or face
-Acting drunk or disoriented
-Loss of inhibition or motor coordination
-Exhausted or fatigued for several hours without cause
-Drowsiness or nodding off during conversation
-Nausea or vomiting
-“Glue sniffer’s rash,” found around the nose or mouth
-Hiding paraphernalia like used rags, tissues, bags, and empty cans
What can parents, teachers and schools do?
-Be on the lookout for symptoms of huffing (above)
-Be on the lookout for empty air horn cans, as well as other empty aerosol canisters, such as glue, dry-cleaning fluids, whipped cream, and other aerosols, as well as huffing paraphernalia.
-Be on the lookout for unusual sounds (such as air horns, aerosol cans) coming from bathrooms, cars, and other confined spaces
-Report incidents immediately to law enforcement
-Treat these incidents as possible medical episodes and be ready to call for emergency medical services
What measures should businesses, especially sporting goods stores, take?
-Reduce access to air horns and other aerosols
-Report all shoplifts immediately to law enforcement