John Glenn School Corporation
Administrative Guidelines
 

5530A - GLUE SNIFFING

The following information should be helpful in identifying students who may be using glue as a stimulant.

Glue contains Toluene, Xylene, Acetone, Methyl, Isobutyl Ketone, Isopropyl Alcohol, Ethyl Acetate, Methyl Cellulose Acetate, and/or Trichlorethylene.

The "sniffer" may inhale the fumes directly from the glue tube or from a saturated rag, or s/he may squeeze the substances into a hollowed-out piece of hard-crusted bread and inhale through a straw, or s/he may hold a bag containing the chemical over his/her mouth. The effect s/he seeks is euphoria, temporary ego satisfaction, status hallucinations (others of his/her group do this), sexual gratification.

The chemicals inhaled are essentially nervous system depressants which act without producing loss of consciousness. They cause cellular tissue damage to all main organs, particularly to kidneys, brain, lungs, and bone marrow.

The symptoms are:

 A.odor of glue

 B.blue-green-grayish facial color

 C.irritability, listlessness, slow reflexes, poor appetite, headaches, dizziness, buzzing sensation, double vision, dilated pupils, tremors, muscle spasms, chest pains, coughing, and sneezing

 D.weight loss