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Rise in "huffing" arrests reported

10 months ago June 17, 2014 Jun 17, 2014 Tuesday, June 17 2014 Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:32:53 PM EDT in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Authorities in Zachary say they've noticed a rise in the number of huffing-related arrests.

Zachary Police Chief David McDavid said within the last three years there has been an increase in middle-aged women abusing products like aerosol keyboard cleaners to get a quick high.

"We found them laying down on the ground, passed out behind vehicles, causing disturbances, turning violent, so we've had numerous arrests within the last three years," he said.

However, McDavid said that some of the women they have arrested are the same ones that have been in and out of jail in Baker, Zachary and East Baton Rouge. Lisa Bailey, Executive Director of Baton Rouge's Alcohol and Drug center, said the increase could be because it's harder for people looking to get high to find someone selling drugs in rural areas, which is why they rely more on the over-the-counter drugs.

"The high is very short," said Bailey. "It's just a matter of seconds, but it's a tough drug and you don't know if someone is abusing it or not. You can't drug test for it, so there's no way of knowing if someone is open and honest about doing it because we can't detox."

Since there is no way to detect this type of abuse, McDavid said he hope that something can be done over time.

"It's something that the rehab centers also the legislative is going to have to look at it to see if they can outlaw some of these chemicals or maybe get people to swipe there drivers license to see who's getting this stuff," said McDavid.

While many people think of teens when they hear about "huffing," Bailey said the difference is some adults tend to do other drugs in conjunction to huffing.

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