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    A friend of mine likes to say, "You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts."

    When it comes to drugs, there are lots of opinions out there: Some think drugs are safe and fun, some think they're dangerous and frightening, and many think everything in between.

    But facts are facts, and when someone dies from drugs, or someone is murdered by a person who is on drugs, or is raped by someone who has given them drugs, that's just a fact. Drug users who actively promote drug use rail against these facts, and I expect they'll be commenting regularly on The Drug Report. But they can't change the facts.

A Huffing Death in Wales

Posted by Childress on July 30, 2006

Here’s the story of Helen Coffey, a 14-year-old Welsh girl who died last week from huffing a deodorant spray:

Her sister Dorothy, 21, told how she discovered Helen foaming at the mouth at the family home in Rumney, Cardiff.

She said, ‘Helen never abused substances so she would not have been inhaling in deliberately.

‘When I was getting ready for bed I heard a squeaking noise outsider. Our eight-year- old sister Mary-Rose went to investigate and she found Helen lying on the floor outside the front door of the house.

‘Helen was shaking, foaming at the mouth and her hands were clenched. Helen had a very rapid heartbeat and we tried to put her in the car but she was too heavy.

‘Our dad turned up and we got her in the car to drive her to the nearest police station where they called an ambulance.’

Paramedics examined Helen but she had gone into cardiac arrest with blood coming from her nose and mouth.

The inquest heard paramedics carried out cardiopulmonary resuscitation as they took her to hospital. But she died a week later.

The hearing was told the can of Deofab room spray was found in the bathroom wrapped in tissue paper.

Huffing — inhaling solvents — most often involves kids in their pre-teens or early teens.  Aerosol cans contain butane, which can make you high … and kill you.

It kills more people annually than Ecstasy, according to some sources.  I haven’t posted on it previously simply because I haven’t been including it in my searches.


3 Responses to “A Huffing Death in Wales”

  1. Dodgy said

    Lugging (huffing) gas is a big problem amongst young people. Unlike many other drugs, there is simply no way to minimize the harm solvents can do, no way to avoid or lessen the risk.

    One of the biggest problems is that it’s very rarely used in a social manner, mneaning that when things do go wrong there isn’t anybody around to help.

    It hardly ever gets the attention it deserves.

  2. Aimee said

    well we dont no exactly but late on june 16/early 17th of june my brother wasnt so lucky and didnt get to see his family,he died in a chair in his room infront of a tv.he died by a butane can of cooking gas.
    i just want everyone to no that no matter how much u fight with ur family please tell all of them how much u love them cause u never no when it will be there last day. i think its good that u r expressing what happened to that girl and making sure people are aware of what could happen.

  3. Amber said

    im sorry to hear about everyones losses i know how it feels my best friend my life and my roommate BRADY COATES died from huffing during the school year last year i would give anything to have been there for him!!

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